Federal appeals court: Landlords can be held liable for tenant harassment


FILE – In this Thursday, April 4, 2019, file photo, Apartment buildings in the district Mitte photographed from the television tower in Berlin, Germany. Berlin’s state government has agreed on a rent freeze for five years to counter rising rents in one of Germany’s hottest real estate markets. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal appeals court says landlords can be held liable, in limited circumstances, when a tenant racially harasses another tenant.

In the 2-to-1 decision, a dissenting judge warned that the ruling steers housing law into uncharted territory with consequences for parties, courts, and the housing market.

The decision restores a lawsuit brought against an apartment complex by a black man who was repeatedly subjected to racial slurs by a neighbor in a mostly white community east of New York City.

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