City of Miami Unfair Bank Lending Cases

In late 2013, the City of Miami filed various lawsuits against Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup alleging that these banks violated the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in a lengthy pattern and practice of steering minority borrowers into more expensive and higher risk mortgages than loans that were issued to similarly situated white borrowers. Commissioner Suarez sponsored the Resolution authorizing these lawsuits. These predatory lending practices destroyed families who will be adversely affected for years to come following the devastating loss of their homes to foreclosure.

On November 8, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States heard argument as to whether Miami can proceed with its claims and vindicate its rights on behalf of the community under the Fair Housing Act. "We intend to pursue these claims aggressively," said Commissioner Suarez, "and hold these banks responsible for their discriminatory lending practices. We aim to make our city whole." A decision from the Supreme Court is expected by the end of the term in June of 2017. For additional information on the lawsuits, please visit To see pictures of properties believed to have been affected by these unfair lending practices, please see the links below.

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