Denis Donovan, a rental dealer affiliated with Village Realty, is accused of partaking in housing practices that discriminate on the premise of race or coloration.

A Staten Island actual property dealer is accused by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) of partaking in housing discrimination, a violation of the Honest Housing Act, in accordance with a grievance filed in United States District Court docket Japanese District Of New York.

Denis Donovan, a rental dealer affiliated with Village Realty, “engaged in housing practices that discriminate on the premise of race or coloration, by treating African People who go to Village Realty to inquire about out there rental items in another way and fewer favorably than similarly-situated white individuals who go to Village Realty for that very same objective,” in accordance with the grievance.

Between February and Might 2018, DOJ performed testing — sending undercover testers of various races to simulate housing transactions — on Donovan, in accordance with the grievance, which was first reported by Staten Island Advance. 

Through the course of testing, DOJ testers discovered, Donovan advised potential Black renters about fewer items than white potential renters, whereas additionally providing these potential white renters an opportunity to see rental items sooner.

Donovan can also be accused of providing reductions to white renters solely and interesting in racial steering by providing white renters items in overwhelmingly white areas and Black renters items in built-in neighborhoods, in accordance with the grievance.

Village Realty, the brokerage at which Donovan hangs his actual property license, can also be named within the grievance.

“When Defendant Donovan engaged within the conduct described above, he was appearing as an worker and/or agent of Defendant Village Realty and was appearing inside the scope of that employment and/or company,” the grievance reads. “Consequently, Defendant Village Realty is answerable for that conduct.”

Cases of racial steering have been underneath a microscope within the state in latest months, particularly within the wake of a groundbreaking Newsday report on cases of racial steering on Lengthy Island and subsequent investigation by the New York State Senate. The testing on the coronary heart of this grievance, nonetheless, did happen in 2018, earlier than the publishing of the Newsday report.

Email Patrick Kearns

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