Communities with “nuisance property” ordinances are placing an extra burden on victims of domestic violence, according to a new report by The New York Times. So-called ‘nuisance property ordinances’ aim to remove households with frequent noise, fighting and/or police visits. The ordinances vary, but ultimately households designated as nuisance properties can be evicted following a pattern of law enforcement visits.
The catch is this: the vast majority of domestic violence are women, which means these ordinances can have a disparate impact on a protected class. That means a potential fair housing violation.
Read the full NYT story here.