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Biafora's Incorporated Accused of Violating Federal Fair Housing, Disabilities Acts

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The U.S. Government has sued Biafora's Incorporated, a property management company based in Morgantown, for violating the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act at rental properties in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Defendants named in the court filing include Metro Property Management, Falconcrest LLC, Five Star Holdings, LLC, Metro Rentals LLC, Metro Rentals II LLC, RDR Properties LLC, RDR Properties II LLC, The Gables LLC, The Woodland LLC, 3BT LLC and CMC Company LLC.  The properties are in Morgantown, Fairmont, Bridgeport and Waynesburg, PA,

Biafora's Incorporated is accused of discriminating against people with disabilities and failing to design and construct multi-family residential properties to be accessible to people with disabilities, said the court filing.

The lawsuit asserts that most the buildings at the properties do not contain an elevator, aside from Burroughs Place, which is located in Morgantown.  Among the allegations, Biafora is accused of failing to provide walkways or sidewalks from units to public use or common use areas and failing to provide handicap parking spots.  

The suit said Biafora has provided the United States with all property plans within their possession which indicates the dwellings do not contain reinforcement in bathroom walls to allow for the later installation of grab bars or railings.  

The U.S. Government has asked the court to declare that Biafora's actions violated ADA and FHA requirements, prevent the defendants from designing or building additional non-compliant structures,  along with awarding monetary damages and assessing a civil penalty against each defendant.  The United States also calls for additional relief as the interests of justice may require.  
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