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GA landlord ordered to pay nearly $600K for allegedly sexually harassing tenants for over 15 years

A Georgia landlord who owns greater than 4 dozen properties will pay 1000’s of {dollars} after officers mentioned he violated the Fair Housing Act.

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The lawsuit, filed in August 2023, alleged that since no less than 2008, Iraj Shambayati harassed feminine tenants.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Shambayati is a landlord who owns and manages over 45 residential properties in and round Savannah.

Court paperwork revealed that Shambayati allegedly made repeated and unwelcome sexual feedback and advances, inappropriately touched their our bodies with out their permission, entered their properties with out their permission or information, requested sexual acts from them in alternate for hire or different housing-related advantages and took retaliatory actions towards feminine tenants who rejected his advances or complained in regards to the harassment.

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The consent order states that Shambayati and two others, 1511 Rosewood LLC and IDHD Properties LLC, will pay $590,000 to resolve allegations of sexually harassing and retaliating towards his feminine tenants for greater than 15 years.

The order requires Shambayati and the businesses to go away any retaliatory eviction judgments towards these tenants and take steps to appropriate the residents’ credit score histories.

Officials mentioned Shambayati can be prohibited from managing residential rental properties sooner or later and should retain an unbiased property supervisor.

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“No female tenant should have to endure sexual harassment and abuse in the sanctity of her own home,” mentioned Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “This settlement should send a clear message to housing providers and property owners: when you exploit your power and sexually harass and abuse tenants, the Justice Department will aggressively use federal civil rights laws to hold you accountable.”

Anyone who believes that they might have been victims of sexual harassment at rental dwellings owned or managed by Shambayati is requested to contact the Justice Department (*15*)or here or go away a message at 1-833-591-0291.

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