Domestic Violence Victim Wrongfully Evicted

Domestic Violence Victim Wrongfully Evicted

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a landlord over the allegedly wrongful eviction of a domestic abuse victim shortly after her abuser vandalized and broke into her home.

The Suit

Tanica Lewis had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend who came to her apartment one day when she was not home, broke down her door, and smashed her windows, claims the complaint filed by the ACLU in the Detroit U.S. District Court.

Nonetheless, Landlord Management Systems, Inc. evicted Lewis wrongfully for failing to adequately supervise her guests, the suit states.

Lewis filed charges against her ex-boyfriend, who was convicted of breaking and entering and ordered to pay restitution, said an ACLU news release.

“All too often women are victimized twice – first by an abuser and again by a landlord,” said executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, Kary Moss.

According to the lawsuit, the eviction notice, issued March 13, forced Lewis to move with her two children to a more expensive apartment located farther from her place of work. It also violated the federal Fair Housing Act and the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which prohibits “discriminatory practices, policies and customs in the exercise of those [civil] rights based upon religions, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status…” including the right to obtain housing.

Legal Representation

If you or a loved one has been wrongfully evicted, your legal rights have been violated. You may be able to recover compensation for your losses, including moving costs, legal representation costs, and more. Please contact us today for a complimentary consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney who has extensive experience representing plaintiffs who have been wrongfully evicted. We can answer all your questions and help you plan the course of action that will best accommodate your best interests.

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