Bank of America recently denied charges by HUD (The Department of Housing and Urban Development) of Disability Discrimination against homebuyers with disabilities. At this time, the bank has denied the charges which are now in the hands of the Department of Justice to review. According to HUD, the bank “imposed unnecessary and burdensome requirements on borrowers who relied on disability income to qualify for their home loans and required some disabled borrowers to provide physician statements to qualify for home mortgage loans.” Allegedly this was done by asking borrowers to provide proof of their disabilities and the continuation of Social Security income before approving loans, after first denying them. If true, it would violate the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability, including imposing different application or qualification criteria. We shall keep an eye on this case and report back on findings as they develop.
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