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Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc. v. Woodlands Estates Association Inc.

192 F. Supp. 2d 1344 (2002)

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Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc. v. Woodlands Estates Association Inc.

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

192 F. Supp. 2d 1344 (2002)

Facts

The Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens (UPARC) owned a home in East Lake Woodlands Estates. UPARC sought to use the home as a group home for several developmentally disabled persons (plaintiffs). The home was governed by deed restrictions as part of a homeowners’ association, the Woodlands Estates Association (homeowners’ association) (defendant). The homeowners’ association claimed that the use of UPARC’s property as a group home violated certain deed restrictions on the property that were intended to protect the residential nature of the neighborhood. The homeowners’ association filed suit against UPARC to enforce the deed restrictions. However, there was no evidence that the group home would disrupt the residential nature of the neighborhood. The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Incorporated (advocacy center) and several residents of the group home filed suit against the homeowners’ association for declaratory and injunctive relief based on a violation of the Fair Housing Amendments Act (fair-housing act). They claimed that the homeowners’ association had failed to make a reasonable accommodation by attempting to enforce the deed restrictions against disabled persons.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kovachevich, C.J.)

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