As we know, sexual harassment isn’t limited to Hollywood. The problem is insidious. It can be found wherever an imbalance of power exists, including in landlord-tenant relationships. Landlord sexual harassment is a form of housing discrimination. It is unlawful. And it happens all too frequently.
The online publication Mogul released an important piece on what you should know and what you can do if you find yourself the victim of sexual harassment by your landlord.
You can read the full article at:
Report Landlord Sexual Harassment
As outlined in the Mogul piece, you should report sexual harassment within one (1) year of its occurrence by filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HUD is responsible for enforcing violations of the Fair Housing Act, a federal law prohibiting housing discrimination.
You can get the Housing Discrimination Complaint Form to download, complete and return, or you can complete it online.
Or you can write HUD a letter, or call them.
HUD’s Regional Office for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee is located in Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta Regional Office of FHEO
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Five Points Plaza
40 Marietta Street, 16th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2806
TTY (404) 730-2654
If You Have Been Assaulted Call 911
If you are in danger (or perceive that you are), don’t mess around — call for help.
Find Somewhere Else to Stay
As noted in the article, even if you still have time left on your lease, if you continue to suffer landlord sexual harassment, it might be in your best interest to leave as soon as possible.
Document, Document, Document
Many people don’t report sexual harassment because they don’t know how to prove it happened. Some ways you can prove your case include:
- Setting up surveillance video.
- Contacting witnesses who have seen the harassment.
- Creating a paper trail by documenting everything, and reporting the misconduct to the police or your local fair housing organization.
Hire a Lawyer
If you need help in putting a stop to landlord sexual harassment or if you have been a victim, you can get help from an experienced sexual harassment attorney.