April 6, 2011
Landlords Can’t Evict HIV-Positive Tenant, Support Dog
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) ordered landlords to pay $25,000 for trying to force HIV-positive tenant Richard M. Blake to get rid of his emotional support dog or move out of his Brighton apartment, The Boston Globe reports. Blake’s landlords gave him permission to get the dog, but two months later they added a no-pet policy in tenants’ leases. Blake’s doctor recommended a support dog to improve his mental and physical health and overall quality of life while living with HIV. Blake filed a complaint with the MCAD when his landlords wouldn’t accommodate his disability.
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