BOZEMAN — Montana Fair Housing has filed a lawsuit against the city of Bozeman over some housing ordinances and against a Bozeman developer over a 48-unit condominium development the group alleges is not accessible to people with handicaps.
MFH, a Butte-based housing advocacy group, filed its lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Butte.
MFH executive director Pam Bean says the city shouldn't have issued an occupancy permit for the condominium project because it does not comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
Bozeman City Attorney Greg Sullivan said Thursday that the law isn't clear about whether the city is responsible for developers' compliance with ADA requirements.
The lawsuit also challenges a city ordinance that does not allow more than four people who are unrelated to live in the same house without obtaining a conditional use permit. MFH says that discriminates against college students who might want to share housing costs.