What is Discriminatory Eviction?

May a Landlord Evict Someone for their Sexual Orientation in Miami-Dade County?
Miami-Dade County clearly prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental or housing. The Miami-
Dade Code of Ordinances states that it is “unlawful for any person, owner, financial institution,
real estate broker, real estate agent or any representative of” them to discriminate against
someone based on their sexual orientation. 1 The ordinance essentially prohibits any
discriminatory housing practices within Miami-Dade County.

What Constitutes a Discriminatory Housing Practice?
A discriminatory housing practice includes a refusal by a landlord to sell or rent a property to an
individual based on, among other things, their sexual orientation. This includes a landlord’s
representation to a prospective buyer that a property is not available when it is in fact
available. Furthermore, a landlord may not discriminate against an individual in the terms,
conditions, or privileges of the sale or rental.

What Remedies are Available if a Landlord Does Commit a Discriminatory Housing Practice?
A person may file a civil action regardless of whether he or she has filed a complaint under the
Ordinance, and regardless of the status of any complaint filed under the Ordinance. 2 The civil
action must be filed no later than two years after the alleged discriminatory housing practice
occurred. Should the plaintiff succeed, the Ordinance states that affirmative relief such as a
temporary or permanent injunction, a temporary restraining order, actual and punitive
damages, reasonable attorney’s fees, interest, and cost could be awarded.

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Eric Gros-Dubois

Founding partner Eric Gros-Dubois established EPGD Business Law in 2013. With over a decade of experience expanding the firm and leading it to its current success, Eric now primarily manages the corporate division of EPGD. Given Eric’s educational background, holding both a JD and MBA, combined with his own unique experience of starting a business from scratch and growing it to a multi-million dollar firm, he brings a specialized and invaluable perspective to those seeking legal assistance for themselves and their businesses. Having now instilled his same values in our team of skilled corporate associates, Eric leads a firm that is always ready, willing, and equipped to handle any and every legal matter that a business owner may have.


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