A property management company has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle allegations that it denied prospective tenants who were deaf or hearing impaired access to housing at a Springfield apartment complex it runs, authorities said Tuesday.
As part of the agreement, Braintree-based Peabody Properties Inc. will also train its employees and implement new policies and procedures, Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.
The settlement stems from an allegation that Peabody Properties violated state fair housing and consumer protection laws when staff at Pynchon/Edgewater, a 612-unit complex in Springfield, refused to consider requests from deaf applicants filling out rental applications to provide the assistance of an American Sign Language interpreter.
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"People with disabilities often face serious barriers to accessing safe and affordable housing, and refusal to provide reasonable accommodations to those in need further exacerbates this problem,'' Healey said in a statement. "This company wouldn't even engage with deaf tenants who were seeking housing- let alone provide them with the assistance they needed to complete a rental application."
An email seeking comment was left with Peabody Properties.