It is illegal to be denied a housing opportunity because of a lawful source of income.
Lawful source of income includes income from Social Security, or any form of federal, state, or local public assistance or housing assistance including Section 8 vouchers.
Any landlord with a building containing at least six units may not discriminate against a tenant or applicant because that individual intends to pay their rent with some lawful income other than a paycheck.
The landlord must accept your rental subsidy even if the building you are in or applying for doesn’t have six units if the landlord owns another building in NYC that has six or more units.
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 lawful source of income, such as refusing to accept your Section 8 voucher funds toward your rent payments.
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.
If you believe you are the victim of housing discrimination, contact the NYC Commission on Human Rights by calling 311 or the Commission Infoline at (718) 722-3131.