Sexual Harassment of Tenants in Rental Housing

An Ethical and Leagal Debate in the Wake of the Shellhammer and Gnerre Cases
  • Robert J. Aalberts
  • Terrence M. Clauretie
Part of the Research Issues in Real Estate book series (RIRE, volume 5)


Sexual harassment of tenants by landlords is a serious problem today. Although the extent of the practice is not fully known, it is likely widespread and can produce a profoundly negative effect on its victims. This chapter explores and critiques some of the important legal and ethical issues that have arisen. In particular, the article examines the seminal cases of Shellhammer v. Lewellan and Gnerre v. Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. In presenting the current legal environment spawned by these cases, the authors offer proposals for creating a fairer and more ethical environment for both tenants and landlords in dealing with sexual harassment in housing.


Sexual Harassment Affordable Housing Ethical Environment Rental Housing Title VIII 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Aalberts
    • 1
  • Terrence M. Clauretie
    • 1
  1. 1.Lied Institute of Real Estate Studies, College of Business and EconomicsUniversity of Nevada-Las VegasUSA

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