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Complaint alleges discriminatory maintenance of foreclosed homes

Complaint alleges discriminatory maintenance of foreclosed homes

A firm hired by Fannie Mae to maintain vacant, foreclosed properties in the Baltimore area systematically neglects homes in non-white neighborhoods, according to a discrimination complaint filed Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the complaint, the National Fair Housing Alliance and two partners allege that Florida-based Cyprexx Services LLC performed contractually-required upkeep, such as trash removal and mowing the lawn, "noticeably better" in majority-white neighborhoods than in African-American and Latino communities, a violation of the Fair Housing Act. The problems, found during investigation of more than 170 properties in four cities...

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