Feds probe possible housing discrimination at a dozen Detroit apartment buildings

Controversial Detroit landlord Dennis Kefallinos is in hot water again as federal investigators look into whether families with children were discriminated from renting units at a dozen of his residential properties.

According to an email obtained by Metro Times, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Michigan is investigating possible fair housing rules violations at the River Park Lofts, Milwaukee Park Lofts, Grand Lofts, The Hudson Lofts, John R Lofts, Lafayette Lofts, Brooklyn Lofts, Universal Lofts, Coat Factory Lofts, 14th Street Lofts, Greektown, and Elizabeth Street Lofts.

The same Kefallinos-owned properties are, separately, the subject of an ongoing 2014 class action suit on behalf of tenants who say they were rented units in substandard condition. A Freedom of Information Act cited in that legal filing showed nearly all of the loft-style properties weren’t up to code and did not have city-issued certificates of occupancy at the time suit was filed. Kefallinos made headlines last winter when city officials attempted to shut down his Russell Industrial Center complex because of hazardous conditions at the site. 

Read more on the Detroit Metro Times website.