The Columbus Dispatch has reported that a federal class action lawsuit was filed Monday accusing the City of Delaware of violating federal fair housing laws.
The allegations state that these laws were violated because of inflated building fees intended to keep minorities out of the city. The City of Delaware issued a statement, the article stated, saying that ““We are confident that these claims lack merit and the City will ultimately prevail.””
The plaintiff, Seattle House LLC, owns the 240 unit Seattle House one and two bedroom apartment complex on US 36. It was approved in a split vote of Delaware City Council back in September 2018.
Federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination in housing because of race or color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. Ohio’s laws add additional protected groups to that list.