Fair Housing Protects You

The NYC Commission on Human Rights is a chartered City agency that enforces the NYC Human Rights Law. The Law prohibits discrimination in housing based on your actual or perceived race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, marital status, partnership status, lawful occupation, family status, or lawful source of income. The Law also prohibits retaliation.

For a description of each of the protected classes and area of jurisdiction (retaliation), please click on the links below.

  • Any person with the authority to rent, sell, or deal with applicants for, or residents of, a housing accommodation may be liable for unlawful practices. This includes landlords, superintendents, rental and managing agents, real estate brokers and agents, and co-op and condominium board members.

  • Newspapers that print discriminatory advertising may be held liable for publishing ads that convey discriminatory limitations. Learn about Real Estate Ads. Lending institutions, such as banks and mortgage brokers, insurance companies, and appraisers may also be held liable for housing discrimination.  

You can also read or download the entire NYC Human Rights Law – Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.


A website of the NYC Commission on Human Rights and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

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