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Baltimore nonprofit files housing lawsuit

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore nonprofit has filed a discrimination lawsuit claiming that a Maryland apartment complex made fewer apartments available to black renters.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court Wednesday by Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., which works to combat housing discrimination. According to Baltimore Neighborhoods, two black “testers” were told that the Middlebrooke Apartments and Town Homes complex in Westminster had one unit available; white individuals were told of between 12 and 14 possible vacancies.

The lawsuit was filed against New York-based Home Properties, which owns the complex. Baltimore Neighborhoods is seeking an undisclosed amount of money damages and attorneys fees.

An attorney for Home Properties said the company had not yet been served with the lawsuit.