The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights issued a finding of probable cause today against a Pemberton apartment complex for refusing to rent a one-bedroom apartment to a man because he had two children.

The agency accused the University Park Apartments of refusing to rent to Cuthbert Casimir last summer and of having rental policies that unlawfully discriminate based on family status.

The manager of the apartment complex told investigators that its policy is to not rent one-bedroom apartments to tenants with children and, as a safety precaution, to not rent two-bedroom units on the second floor to people with children, the agency said.

Casimir was told that he could not rent a one-bedroom apartment because of his children, who were 6 and 9 years old at the time, the agency said. No two-bedroom rentals were available on the first floor, so Casimir was offered a two-bedroom unit at another property owned by the same company. Casimir declined the offer.

   - Troy Graham