Fair Housing Laws: How We Are Protected
Federal, state, and local fair housing laws work to ensure that all individuals have equal housing opportunities. The Federal Fair Housing Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights Law, and various local laws, prohibit discrimination by housing providers (including owners, real estate agents, managing agents, building superintendents, cooperative and condominium boards) and lenders (including banks and mortgage companies).
Fair Housing Laws apply to the sale or rental of housing and to mortgage lending and identify unlawful discriminatory practices to include the following:
Those with Disabilities Are Protected
Under the fair housing laws, a landlord may not:
Any multifamily housing built after 1991 must comply with accessibility requirements to ensure that public and common use areas and units are accessible for people with disabilities.
Filing a Complaint
If you have questions or believe you have been a victim of housing discrimination, the following agencies may be able to help.