Douglas v. Kriegsfeld Corp.

884 A.2d 1109 (2005)

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Douglas v. Kriegsfeld Corp.

District of Columbia Court of Appeals
884 A.2d 1109 (2005)

Facts

Evelyn Douglas (defendant) rented an apartment from Kriegsfeld Corporation (plaintiff) in the District of Columbia (D.C.). Douglas had a mood disorder, which was a contributing cause of her filthy apartment. Indeed, the garbage in Douglas’s apartment had a foul odor that emanated into the rest of the building. Kriegsfeld filed suit to evict Douglas, maintaining that Douglas breached her lease by failing to keep the apartment in a clean condition. In response, Douglas contended that Kriegsfeld violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Later, Douglas’s counsel sent a letter to Kriegsfeld’s counsel. The letter stated that the D.C. government was prepared to assist in securing an accommodation for Douglas. Eventually, it became apparent that Douglas was requesting a stay of the eviction proceeding for a period long enough for the D.C. government to clean the apartment. But Kriegsfeld denied Douglas’s requested accommodation. The trial court ruled in favor of Kriegsfeld and did not consider whether the accommodation requested by Douglas was reasonable. Douglas appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Ferren, J.)

Concurrence (Farrell, J.)

Dissent (Glickman, J.)

Dissent (Schwelb, J.)

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