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Deputy City Attorneys Brad Russi and Sara Eisenberg in court before hearing in Section 8 housing discrimination case.
Deputy City Attorneys Brad Russi and Sara Eisenberg in court before hearing in Section 8 housing discrimination case.

Lembi-affiliated landlord, real estate broker must accept federal housing vouchers from low-income renters under local law, Superior Court Judge Quidachay rules

A San Francisco Superior Court judge has granted City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s motion for a preliminary injunction ordering defendants Lem-Ray Properties, an affiliate of the once-high-flying Lembi real estate empire, and broker Chuck Post to immediately halt their unfair and illegal practice of refusing to accept Section 8 vouchers from low-income rental applicants. The ruling issued late Friday by Judge Ronald E. Quidachay asserts that the defendants must comply with the law and cannot discriminate against prospective tenants who rely on federal housing vouchers. In issuing the preliminary injunction, Judge Quidachay found that Herrera is likely to prevail on the causes of action in his suit filed against the defendants in October 2015.

“I am grateful that the court agreed with our position that the defendants’ blanket refusal to accept these vouchers is illegal,” said Herrera.  “Section 8 housing vouchers are an essential tool for many renters to secure housing in our city.  It was wrong for Lem-Ray Properties to discriminate against these low-income renters.” [Read more…]

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