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Fair Housing: It's the Law

Fair Housing: It's the Law

Fair Housing means that you have the right to live wherever you chose and be treated according to the same rules as everyone else. Fair Housing laws promote equal opportunity and prohibit discriminatory practices that can unfairly limit the housing choices of numerous groups.

Fair Housing: It’s the Law discusses Fair Housing under the NYC Human Rights Law and how to file a complaint if you believe you are a victim of discrimination.

Unlawful practices of Fair Housing in New York City include:

  • Refusing to sell or rent housing;
  • Setting different terms, conditions, or privileges for the sale or rental of housing;
  • Posting discriminatory advertising or marketing that indicates a preference, limitation, or discrimination based on a protected class; (for example ads that say “no children,” “married couples only,” or “no programs” would be discriminatory);
  • Refusing to provide a reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability;
  • Steering a potential homebuyer or renter to or away from an area on the basis of race or national origin;
  • Pressuring, for profit, homeowners to sell by exploiting ethnic, racial, or demographic changes (blockbusting);
  • Threatening, coercing, or intimidating individuals because they exercise their Fair Housing rights or assist others in doing so.

Download this booklet in PDF online below (Adobe required; click here to download), or call 311 or (212) NEW-YORK to receive it by mail.