DEBATE: Should "Peace Activist" Landlady Be Charged for Allegedly Denying a Veteran the Right to Rent Her Apartment?
Sgt. Joel Morgan, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, is suing a Boston-area landlady who is reported to be a peace activist for allegedly refusing to rent him a two-bedroom apartment because of his military service. Now, the landlady claims her views had nothing to do with her refusal.
Nicolazzi said that in Massachusetts’ Fair Housing Law, it specifically states that veterans are a protected class and that you can’t reject or discourage someone from renting an apartment based on that status.
She went on to say that the landlady left Morgan a voicemail stating how uncomfortable it would be, and how it would be better to look elsewhere. “This is a pretty clean cut case,” stated Nicolazzi.
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While Jackson understands everyone should honor America’s vets, he said there were a few other criterion that the landlady expressed concern over, such as: there were 30 applicants that she had to choose from, concerns over his ability to pay, issues with a former landlord and more.
However, Nicolazzi said, “A lot of what Joey [Jackson’s] talking about, is too little too late.” She foresees that the landlady is going to be in a lot of trouble over the voicemail she left Morgan regarding her political views.
Jackson went on to say Morgan never presented an application to the landlady, so he is concerned if this is even right for a lawsuit because there was no rejection.
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