City Human Rights Law protects residents of most types of housing
in New York City against discrimination. If you reside in an apartment
building or multiple family dwelling, co-op, condominium, government-assisted
housing, or residential hotel, you are covered under the Law. The
Law does not extend to residents of two-family houses if the owner
or a member of the owner’s family resides in one of the housing
accommodations and the available housing accommodation was not advertised.
In addition, you are not covered by the Law if you rent a room or
rooms in non-government assisted housing where the owner resides.
is unlawful for landlords, superintendents, building managers,
owners, cooperative owners and boards to discriminate in the sale,
rental or lease of a housing accommodation or in the provision
services and facilities because of a person’s actual or perceived
race, color, national origin, gender (including gender identity),
disability, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, partnership
status, alienage or citizenship status, any lawfull source of income, age, lawful occupation,
or because children
are or may be residing with the person.
Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities in Housing
City Human Rights Law protects the rights of people with disabilities
by requiring that landlords, co-ops and condominiums reasonably
accommodate the needs of disabled tenants, shareholders or owners.
Reasonable accommodation can be structural, such as a ramp at the
primary entrance to provide wheelchair access, or installing grab
bars in the bathroom. They can also involve policy or rule changes,
such as permitting a tenant who is blind or has a psychological
disability to have a guide dog or a companion animal, despite a
building’s “no pets” policy. The Law provides
guidance in assessing requests for reasonable accommodation, taking
into account the nature and cost of the proposed accommodation and
the financial resources of the landlord.
City Human Rights Law also requires the landlord to pay for an accommodation
in a common area if it is deemed to be reasonable.
you have a disability and need an accommodation, you should inform
the landlord and identify the type of accommodation you need. You
may have to give the landlord a note from your doctor or other health
care professional stating that you have a disability and describing
the functional limitations that your disability imposes. You do
not have to give the landlord your medical records.
is against the law to advertise or to use any form of application
for the purchase, rental or lease of a housing accommodation, or
to make any inquiry regarding the prospective purchase, rental or
lease of a housing accommodation that discriminates against the
City Human Rights Law also prohibits discriminatory lending practices
by any person, bank, trust company, private banker, savings bank,
savings and loan association, credit union, investment company,
mortgage company, insurance company or any other financial institution
or lender when you apply for a loan, mortgage or other financial
assistance for construction, repairs or maintenance of your property.
It is also against the law for financial institutions
to redline, the practice of denying mortgages to prospective purchasers
in certain communities.