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Posted on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 : 2:18 p.m.

Owners of Ivanhoe House Apartments in Ann Arbor agree to settle discrimination lawsuit

By Staff

The owners of an Ann Arbor apartment complex agreed to pay $82,500 to settle a complaint that they discriminated against black renters, The Detroit News reported.

Acme Investments Inc., doing business as Ivanhoe House Apartments, will pay the money to three people who were discriminated against and to the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan, the article said. The owners will also pay a $7,500 civil penalty to the U.S. government.

The proposed consent order filed in federal court in Detroit also calls for training programs and other measures to ensure black applicants are not discriminated against in the future. The agreement must be approved by a judge.

The company denied wrongdoing. The apartment complex is located on Pine Valley Boulevard off Packard Street.


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Wed, Jul 7, 2010 : 9:44 a.m.

Way to go Mike!


Wed, Jul 7, 2010 : 7:07 a.m.

Rent in Ann Arbor Apt=$1,800.00 Utilities for each month=$250 Cable TV and internet=$280 Living in a segregated community=priceless


Tue, Jul 6, 2010 : 3:19 p.m.

Robert - According to the article, Acme Investments Inc. is the parent company that runs the apartment complex. weijtmann - I agree, though it doesn't always work for the best. I moved into a "basement unit" in a house and quickly discovered the stove/oven didn't work. After 9 months without an oven (and multiple complaints), we went to civil court. The judge decided that since it was an electric stove and I wasn't using the electricity on it, it negated the cost of getting a microwave and buying microwavable meals (not to mention my inability to cook for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter). I was told I should have purchased a new oven myself and could then be my minimum wage job (at the time) would allow that kind of purchase. My best advice for any renter is DOCUMENT AND GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!!