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wish. An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) willconsider evidence from you and the respondent.

If the ALJ decides that discrimination occurred, the respondent can be ordered:

  • To compensate you for actual damages, including humiliation, pain and suffering;

  • To provide injunctive or other equitable relief, for example, to make the housing available to you;

  • To pay the Federal Government a civil penalty to vindicate the public interest; and/or

  • To pay reasonable attorney's fees and costs. If you or the respondent chooses to have your case decided in Federal District Court, the Attorney General will file a suit and litigate it on your behalf. Like the ALJ, the District Court can order relief, and award actual damages, attorney's fees and costs. In addition, the court can award punitive

damages. My roommate and I signed a lease

. The landlord didn’t meet my roommate until two

weeks after we moved in. My roommate is African American and I am not. The landlord now says he does not like my roommate and that we need to move in two days. Can the fair housing laws help me?

Yes, if you need immediate help to stop a srious problem that is being caused by a Fair

Housing Act violation, HUD may be able to a sti you as soon as youfile a complaint. HUD

may authorize the Attorney General to go tourt to seek temporaryor preliminary relief,

pending the outcome of your complaint, if irrerable harm is likely to occur without HUD's

intervention and there is substantial evidence that a violation of the Fair Housing Act occurred.

Can I file a lawsuit without going through HUD? Yes, you may file suit, at your expense, in federal court or state court within two years of

an alleged violation. You may bring suit even a ter filing a complaint with HUD, if you have not

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court may award actual and punitive damages and attorney's fees and costs.

Can the landlord limit the number of children residing in a unit to the number of bedrooms that the unit has?

Local ordinances and safety codes may est blish occupancy standards. The landlord can

impose occupancy requirements in the lease. Hwever, those requirements must be reasonable,

based on factors such as the number and size obedrooms and the overall size of the unit. For

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