Following a two-year investigation, NFHA alleged that the architects, developers and owners of 14 apartment communities in New Mexico had failed to design and construct those communities according to the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act. The principal defendants are GSL Properties, Inc., DBG Properties, LLC and DekkerPerichSabatini, an architectural firm.
After identifying accessibility violations at seven properties (Village at Avalon, La Cantera, Silver Moon Lodge, Casa Villita, Anasazi Village, and Desert Willow), NFHA expanded its investigation and found violations at an addition seven properties.
NFHA seeks a resolution that will increase accessibility consistent with the Fair Housing Act in the public and common use areas of all of the complexes and that will also make individual apartments accessible when it is feasible to do so. It also seeks modifications throughout the complexes at the request of tenants who need changes in the property to increase accessibility and meet their individual needs.
The case team is Sara Pratt and Reed Colfax, with paralegal assistance from Abigail Moats.