Judge orders notorious Cleveland landlords to pay $4 million to female tenants

Two brothers are accused dozens of times over the past decade of mistreating tenants.
News Story (Ohio)

Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
January 15, 2016

Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland


The tenants making those accusations in civil and criminals complaints were almost all women.

Over the years, the Brown brothers and companies associated with them were hit with civil judgments totaling more than $1.2 million, and contempt of court fines of $1.4 million. Yet, they have stayed in business, often transferring assets among multiple companies.

Last year, a group of women filed a lawsuit accusing the brothers and their companies of violating federal fair housing laws by targeting female tenants, including Bowers, for abuse and intimidation. U.S. District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent awarded them a civil judgment of $4 million in December.