Group alleges racial disparities in Bank of America practices at foreclosed Baltimore homes

November 15, 2013
A vacant Baltimore home owned by Bank of America receives better upkeep if it is located in a largely white neighborhood, a discriminatory practice that hurts minority areas, the National Fair Housing Alliance alleged in a complaint filed Thursday.
     The complaint argues that there are "stark racial disparities" in Bank of America marketing or maintenance practices in 20 metropolitan areas, a violation of the Fair Housing Act. Baltimore was one of five cities added Thursday to the complaint, first filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2012.
     ank of America officials have repeatedly maintained that the corporation operates with a uniform maintenance policy and argued that the alliance fails to take into account factors such as the property's condition when the bank took possession of it. Bank of America did not respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon.