Nicole Hines v. Melvin Canfield

05/10/2017
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 PREDETERMINATION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

 

CP# 12-16-69940

HUD# 07-17-5909-8

 

PARTIES TO THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

 

 

RESPONDENTS

 

 MELVIN CANFIELD

5780 NW 3rd Court

Des Moines, Iowa 50313

 

GRAND VENTURES, LLC

PO Box 4984

Des Moines, Iowa 50305

 

 

 

COMPLAINANT

 

NICOLE HINES

 

and

 

IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

400 East 14th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

 

 

Description of the Parties:  Complainant alleges retaliation. She claims after she filed a discrimination complaint (CP# 06-16-69093, HUD# 07-16-4464-8) in June 2016, Respondents started demanding she move out because her household consisted of two adults and three minor children living in a two-bedroom apartment. Complainant states all five were listed on their lease agreement. On November 30, 2016, Respondents served her with a 30-day notice terminating her tenancy.  Complainant believes Respondents terminated her tenancy in retaliation for exercising her right to file a civil rights complaint.   Respondents own or manage the subject property, a 35-unit apartment complex known as Southern Knolls, located at 3712 SE 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50320. 

 

Terms of Settlement:  A complaint having been filed by Complainant against Respondents with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (hereinafter referred to as the Commission) under Iowa Code Chapter 216 and there having been a preliminary inquiry, the parties do hereby agree and settle the above-captioned matter in the following extent and manner:

 

Acknowledgment of Fair Housing Laws

 

1.Respondents agree there shall be no discrimination, harassment, or retaliation of any kind against Complainant or any other person for filing a charge under the “Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965” (ICRA); because of giving testimony or assistance, or participating in any manner in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the ICRA; or because of lawful opposition to any practice forbidden by the ICRA.  Iowa Code § 216.11(2).

 

2.Respondents acknowledge the ICRA makes it unlawful to discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with the dwelling because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or familial status.  

Iowa Code § 216.8(1)(b).

 

Respondents acknowledge the Fair Housing Act (FHA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with the dwelling because of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion, disability, or familial status.  42 U.S.C. 3604(b). 

 

3.Respondents acknowledge the ICRA makes it unlawful to coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any person in the exercise or enjoyment of, on account of the person having exercised or enjoyed, or on account of the person having aided or encouraged any other person in the exercise or enjoyment of, any right granted or protected by section 216.8, 216.8A, or 216.15A. Iowa Code § 216.11(A).

 

Respondents acknowledge the FHA makes it unlawful to coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any person in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of his having exercised or enjoyed, or on account of his having aided or encouraged any other person in the exercise or enjoyment of, any right granted or protected by section 3603, 3604, 3605, or 3606 of this title.  42 U.S.C. 3617.

4.Respondents acknowledge the ICRA makes it unlawful to discriminate or retaliate against another person in any of the rights protected against discrimination by this chapter because such person has lawfully opposed any practice forbidden under this chapter, obeys the provisions of this chapter, or has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding under this chapter. Iowa Code § 216.11(A).

 

Voluntary and Full Settlement

5.The parties acknowledge this Agreement is a voluntary and full settlement of the disputed complaint.  The parties affirm they have read and fully understand the terms set forth herein.  No party has been coerced, intimidated, threatened or in any way forced to become a party to this Agreement.

 

 

6.The parties enter into this Agreement in a good faith effort to amicably resolve existing disputes.  The execution of this Agreement is not an admission of any wrongdoing or violation of law.  Nor is the execution of this Agreement an admission by Complainant that any claims asserted in her complaint are not fully meritorious.

 

7.The parties agree the execution of this Agreement may be accomplished by separate counterpart executions of this Agreement.  The parties agree the original executed signature pages will be attached to the body of this Agreement to constitute one document.

 

8.The parties agree the Commission may review compliance with this Agreement.  And as part of such review, the parties agree the Commission may examine witnesses, collect documents, or require written reports, all of which will be conducted in a reasonable manner by the Commission. 

 

9.The parties acknowledge, if the Commission or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reasonable cause to believe that Respondents have breached this Agreement, the Commission may refer the matter to the Iowa Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General, and HUD may refer the matter to the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

Disclosure

 

10.Because, pursuant to Iowa Code §216.15A(2)(d), the Commission has not determined that disclosure is not necessary to further  the purposes of  the ICRA relating to unfair or discriminatory practices in housing or real estate, this Agreement is a public record and subject to public disclosure in accordance with Iowa’s Public Records Law, Iowa Code Chapter 22.  See Iowa Code §22.13.  

 

Release

 

11.Complainant hereby waives, releases, and covenants not to sue Respondents with respect to any matters which were or might have been alleged as charges filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development, or any other anti-discrimination agency including the Dubuque Human Rights Commission, subject to performance by Respondents of the promises and representations contained herein. Complainant agrees any complaint filed with any other anti-discrimination agency, including the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development, which involves the issues in this complaint, shall be closed as Satisfactorily Adjusted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Housing Poster

 

12.Within thirty (30) of the execution of this Settlement Agreement, Respondents agree to place the Fair Housing Poster (English and Spanish) in each property management office in a conspicuous location easily viewable to tenants and prospective tenants. The Fair Housing Posters can be obtained online at:

 

https://icrc.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/2015/2015FairHousingPosterGeneral.pdf

https://icrc.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/2015/2015FHPosterGeneralSpanish.pdf

Respondents also agree to send documentation to the Commission verifying the fair housing posters have been posted within ten (10) days of displaying the posters.

Relief for Complainant

 

13.In consideration for Complainant and Respondents executing this Agreement, Respondents agree they will not pursue recovery in small claims court or in any other process or proceeding for the $1,000.00 amount that they allege Complainant owes them for unpaid rent, late fees, court costs, and cleaning charges. Complainant agrees Respondents will keep her $400 security deposit. Complainant agrees she will not pursue recovery of her security deposit in small claims court or in any other process or proceeding.

 

Within seven (7) days of receiving a Closing Letter from the Commission, Respondents will send a letter addressed to Complainant to the Commission verifying that Complainant’s Tenant Ledger Report reflects a $0.00 balance.  The Commission will then send a copy of Respondents’ letter to Complainant.  

 

Reporting and Record-Keeping

14.Respondents agree to send documentation to the Commission verifying the Fair Housing Posters have been displayed within ten (10) days of their placement in the management offices, as evidence of compliance with Term 12 of this Agreement.

 

15.Within seven days (7) days of receiving a Closing Letter from the Commission, Respondents will send a letter addressed to Complainant to the Commission verifying Complainant’s Tenant Ledger Report reflects a $0.00 balance, as evidence of compliance with Term 13 of this Agreement.

 

All required documentation of compliance must be submitted via email or U.S. mail to:

Don Grove

Iowa Civil Rights Commission

Grimes State Office Building

400 East 14th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Don.Grove@iowa.gov

 

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Melvin Canfield, RESPONDENTDate

 

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Grand Ventures, LLC, RESPONDENTDate

 

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Nicole Hines, COMPLAINANTDate

 

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Kristin H. Johnson, DIRECTOR       Date

IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION