Even so, days after the couple moved in, Deerfield Village managers attempted to leave a non-refundable security deposit of $ 250 for pets. According to the complaint, the owner Jeffrey Stump sent the butlers a letter the following April threatening legal action if Mickey stayed, claiming, “It doesn’t make a difference that it is an emotional support dog. It’s still a pet. “His resignation gave them a week to remove the animal.
The case was tried in Pulaski District Court on allegations of breach of contract by the dog and unpaid rent of $ 1,100. However, court records show the case was dismissed. A separate tenant complaint that the Butlers filed about the same time about maintenance issues ended in a $ 3,340 verdict, records show.
The court also allowed the butlers to terminate their lease, and they moved out in November 2018. However, they filed a formal complaint that led to the state housing authority’s lawsuit last year. Stump and Deerfield Village were named as defendants along with two other employees.
The lawsuit included four cases of housing discrimination, seeking $ 66,307 in damages and $ 50,000 in punitive damages. The costs, suffering, humiliation of the couple and the deprivation of civil rights were cited. ”
In a notice released on Wednesday, Attorney General Mark Herring said the case had been resolved, listing the terms: $ 30,000 in compensation for the butlers and ordering the landlord to attend annual fair living training for three years . Stump was also instructed to use non-discrimination and reasonable accommodation.