Two Buffalo landlords refused to accept gov. vouchers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two Buffalo landlords are accused of refusing to accept tenants who use government vouchers.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he reached settlements with two landlords, Patrick Guidice, who owns and manages five apartments, and Francis Pleto, who owns and manages eight apartments.

City of Buffalo Council President Darius G. Pridgen said, “Source of income discrimination has a disparate impact on the most vulnerable members of our community. I thank the Attorney General for working to eradicate this discrimination to ensure that all residents in Buffalo enjoy equal access to housing opportunities.”

According to Schneiderman’s office, Guidice and Pleto both told undercover investigators that they did not accept government vouchers. Guidice is also accused of posting Craigslist advertisements that said “private personal pay only, do not except (sic) public funds for rent.” Pleto is accused of posting an ad that said “Don’t except (sic) Belmont,” referring to a Section 8 voucher.

Schneiderman said the agreements will ensure tenants are not being denied their right to use government assistance.

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