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State v. Sunland Village (religion)

Date: 
March, 2006

This is an action brought under the Arizona Fair Housing Act to correct unlawful housing practice, provide appropriate relief to aggrieved persons; and vindicate the public interest. Specifically, Defendant Sunland Village East Association, dba Sunland Village East Homeowners Association, through its board of directors and administrative staff (referred to here as "Defendant"), manages the business and affairs of the homeowners association for Sunland Village East housing development located in Mesa, Arizona. Plaintiff brings this matter to redress the injury sustained by the LDS Family Home Evening Group, Darlene Rich and Raymond Rich, a married couple, who participate in the LDS Family Home Evening Group, and all other residents living in the Sunland Village East housing development who participate in the LDS Family Home Evening Group. Specifically, Plaintiff contends that Defendant has, for about one year, adopted and applied a facially discriminatory policy regulating homeowner use of community room facilities and restricted the availability and use of the community room facilities for members of the LDS Family Home Evening Group because of discrimination on the basis of religion. In so doing, Plaintiff contend that Defendant has violated the Arizona Fair Housing Act's prohibition on subjecting persons to different terms, conditions, and privileges in the provision of facilities in connection with the sale or rental of dwellings because of the aggrieved parties' religion.