Connecticut Fair Housing Center v. CoreLogic Rental Property Solutions, LLC

478 F. Supp. 3d 259 (2020)

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Connecticut Fair Housing Center v. CoreLogic Rental Property Solutions, LLC

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
478 F. Supp. 3d 259 (2020)

Facts

CoreLogic Rental Property Solutions, LLC (CoreLogic) (defendant) developed a software program called CrimSAFE that relied on the criminal records of prospective tenants to determine their suitability for tenancy. CrimSAFE allowed landlords to select particular crimes that served as grounds for disqualifying prospective tenants from renting housing. CrimSAFE also rendered decisions denying tenancy to prospective tenants with disqualifying crimes on their records, but some of these prospective tenants had been arrested without being convicted. Thus, CrimSAFE denied housing to prospective tenants who were merely arrested for disqualifying crimes, even though the federal government had stated that these individuals did not pose any risk to safety or property. The Connecticut Fair Housing Center (the center) (plaintiff), a non-profit organization, filed suit against CoreLogic, bringing a number of claims. One claim alleged that CoreLogic was subject to disparate-impact liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) because of its CrimSAFE software. The center presented evidence indicating that African Americans and Latinos were overrepresented in the criminal-justice system, such that prospective tenants from these races were disproportionately denied housing due to CrimSAFE. CoreLogic filed a motion for summary judgment. The district court took the motion under advisement.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Bryant, J.)

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