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Landlord May Be Liable Under Fair Housing Act For Passively Enabling Harassment By Other Tenants.

No. 1,597 MARSHA WETZEL v. GLEN ST. ANDREW LIVING COMMUNITY, LLC et al., 901 F.3d 856 (7th Cir, 2018). “Within months of her arrival at Glen St. Andrew Living Community (“St. Andrew”), Marsha Wetzel faced a torrent of physical and verbal abuse from other residents because she is openly lesbian. Time and again, she implored […]

City of Pittsburgh Adopts Ordinance Prohibiting Housing Discrimination Due to Source of Income

No. 1,238 The City of Pittsburgh has recently followed the lead of Philadelphia and State College, PA in adopting an ordinance that prohibits discrimination on the basis of source of income.  In particular, the ordinance is intended to prohibit discrimination against participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly known as Section 8.  At least […]

Landlord and Tenant: Fair Housing Suits Often Rely on Testers

No. 1,027  United States of America v. S-2 Properties, Inc. and Bill Turzai, U.S. District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania, No. 13cv1421 (January 17, 2014) This is a case in which the United States brought suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania under the Fair Housing Act and other related statutes, […]


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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