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Melrose landlord fined for discriminatory Craigslist ad

Posted by Jarret Bencks  May 29, 2013 11:12 AM

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A Melrose landlord and property manager were ordered to pay over $38,000 in penalties for a Craigslist ad that discriminated against families with young children, according to prosecutors.

Nicholas Keramaris and MT. V.M. Realty Trust violated anti-discrimination law and consumer protection law by posting an ad for an apartment that said it could not be rented to families with children under 6-years-old because the unit was not deleaded, according to an announcement from Attorney General Martha Coakley.

George Keramaris is the trustee of MT. V.M., which owns a 20-unit apartment building on the corner of Main Street and Mount Vernon Street in Melrose. A complaint against the property owners was first filed in 2010.

Along with the penalties, the defendants were ordered to stop posting discriminatory advertisements, and delead the next available two-bedroom apartment in the building, the announcement said.

Nicholas Keramaris and George Keramaris also must attend fair housing training.

The $38,000 in penalties included a civil penalty of $10,000, and more than $28,000 in legal fees.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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