Harris County residents sue after eviction from Lakeview loft

By Ben Hart | Jun 25, 2014

Two Harris County residents are suing after being forced out of the loft they were renting.

Anthony Hood and Princess Williams filed a lawsuit June 13 in the Houston Division of the United States District Court of the Southern District of Texas against Fred Caldwell, Asset Plus Corp. and the Houston Police Department, citing discrimination.

The plaintiffs claim Williams contacted The Lakeview lofts in northwest Houston by phone regarding move-in specials on Jan. 19, 2012, when she was informed of a January special and was assured a loft was available.

The suit alleges Williams immediately drove to the complex, but says she was denied the availability of the confirmed unit.

According to the suit, the plaintiffs mentioned fair housing laws and were allowed to rent the unit on Jan. 27, 2012.

The plaintiffs allege the defendants tried several scare tactics to get them to leave The Lakeview, including having a police officer threaten them with a gun at their home Aug. 20, 2012.

According to the brief, the plaintiffs were illegally evicted from their home and weren't able to find a residence, and were forced to live in their truck for seven months.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages in the amount of $1.2 million and request that the Houston Police Department establish clear written rules and procedures regarding on duty and off duty police officers.

The plaintiffs are representing themselves in the case.

Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:14-cv-01665

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the United States District Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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