At least, this sounds kind of medieval:
A single working mother of three is taking on a Florida housing complex after a property manager refused to renew her lease because she hadn’t given her landlord an ultrasound of the child she was carrying.
As the Miami Herald reports, Tiesha Davis signed a rental agreement with Sorrento Rental Community in Miramar in September 2017. At the time, Davis was four months pregnant, a fact that was clearly visible to Assistant Property Manager Jose Galindo, according to Davis’ lawsuit.
“During such time Ms. Davis was noticeably pregnant, to the extent that Mr. Galindo insisted that she sit in the front seat of the golf cart when he was driving her through the property,” the complaint reads.
But Galindo refused to renew Davis’ 12-month lease in January, when Davis was eight months pregnant, after finding baby goods in her closet during a routine inspection of the apartment.
Did he not notice that she already had three children, presumably not teenaged?
A group called HOPE — Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence — is a co-plaintiff with Davis. They’ve been here before:
HOPE sent two testers posing as pregnant would-be lessees to one of Sorrento’s sister properties, Monterra, in December of last year. One tester was a white Hispanic woman; the other, a black woman.
According to the suit, both pregnant women were told that there were no units available but were given a list of requirements to qualify as renters; these included disclosing how many people would live in the apartment unit, child-support information, proof of income, a driver’s license and a Social Security card.
But the black applicant also was asked about her arrest history. Additionally, an agent outlined for her possible situations in which she could lose her tenancy, including being a current homeowner and having a history of foreclosures, short sales or evictions, according to the suit.
That wasn’t true of the white Hispanic applicant, who wasn’t asked about her criminal record or given such a talk.
And neither of those women were asked for an ultrasound.