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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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