Alienage or citizenship status means the immigration status or citizenship of any person who is not a citizen or national of the United States.
Discrimination means being treated differently by any person with the authority to rent, sell, or deal with applicants or residents of a housing accommodation. For example, a building owner or representative (such as a superintendent) is discriminating if they treat you differently because of your actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status, such as asking you for a green card before showing you an apartment.
These behaviors, policies, or practices could be evidence of discrimination:
The Law also prohibits retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint against someone, or act as a witness for someone else who files a complaint.
- Being denied an apartment application because the building owner is uncomfortable with a prospective tenant’s actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status, whether it is you, a partner, or a family member;
- Being told that you need to meet additional eligibility verification standards and provide additional forms of identification documents or fill out additional paperwork;
- Refusing to accept a document from you that reasonably appears to be genuine and belonging to you or refusing a document produced for identification because it has a future expiration date; or,
- Being asked questions, such as: “Are you sure you are a citizen? You sound foreign. ” or if you are told, “I would prefer to rent to US citizens.”