According to HUD's Charge of Discrimination, issued on April 1 and announced on April 6, the owners and managers allegedly engaged in a pattern of unfair treatment of blacks, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, and families with children at their five-building apartment complex in Renton.
Testers at the property allegedly revealed that the manager:
- offered the same apartment at a higher rent to black and Hispanic testers than to a white tester;
- offered earlier availability dates and apartments with newer amenities to white testers as compared to black testers;
- asked Hispanic applicants if they illegally purchased Social Security cards or green cards;
- made several discriminatory statements to minority testers, including telling a black tester that she wouldn't tolerate loud parties or "weed smoking on the balcony" and that he was "one of the good ones" because he wears his pants "up on his buttocks";
- said that children couldn't play ball, skateboard, or ride bicycles on the complex's grounds and would need to go to a park.
- directed her staff to show minority applicants apartments with less desirable amenities, such as older carpet, countertops, and appliances;
- steered minority applicants away from the building in which she lived;
- banned her assistant from speaking Spanish to Hispanic applicants, saying, "No, no, no. None of that sh*t. We speak English here";
- told one Asian-American tenant to "go back to India" if he can't use the appliances properly and said to another, "For God's sake, you come from a country with no running water and cook over an open flame."