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N.J. cites bias in Burlco rental complex's policy

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights issued a finding of probable cause yesterday against a Pemberton Township 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 said the complex's policy was not to let tenants with children rent one-bedroom apartments or, as a safety precaution, two-bedroom units on the second floor, the agency said. No two-bedroom rentals were available on the first floor, so Casimir - whose children were 6 and 9 - was offered a two-bedroom unit at another property the company owns. He declined the offer.

The case now goes to a form of mediation. If that doesn't resolve it, an administrative law judge will hold a hearing. The apartment complex could face fines and other penalties. - Troy Graham