Fair Housing Alliance: Bank of America practices racial double standard

Orlando and Charleston latest cities in undercover investigation

ORLANDO, Fla. - The National Fair Housing Alliance and the Fair Housing Continuum will file a lawsuit against Bank of America Wednesday claiming the financial giant is engaging in differential treatment when it comes to maintaining and marketing Real Estate Owned homes in African-American neighborhoods in Orlando and Charleston.

The Fair Housing Continuum and the National Fair Housing Alliance will file the complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In September, a similar suit was filed against Bank of America in which the NFHA and five of its operating members alleged a systemic and particularized practice of maintaining properties on the basis of race, color and/or national origin in eight metro-areas including Miami and Atlanta.

According to the September lawsuit, everything from curb appeal, structure to water damage and utilities were found to be subpar in communities of color.

The complaint charged that the alleged double standard has been practiced at least since 2011.

A news conference is set for 10 a.m. to review the findings and name specific Orlando area neighborhoods where this alleged practice occurred.

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