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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine speaks at a legal community breakfast in 2015. Photo courtesy of Flickr

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of the District of Columbia announced on Feb. 13 that Curtis Investment Group, Inc., a Maryland-based real estate and property management company, will pay the District of Columbia $900,000 for discriminating against low-income renters. This resolves a lawsuit brought against Curtis by the OAG in 2019. The 2019 suit had alleged that Curtis and several related Maryland-based corporate entities posted discriminatory housing advertisements online and refused to accept housing vouchers and other forms of assistance from prospective tenants.  In his announcement of the settlement, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine stated, “Real estate companies are now on notice that discriminating against tenants on the basis of how they pay their rent is illegal. If they violate the law, we will seek to impose serious fines and penalties.”