Get help if landlords refuse to accept housing assistance.
If a landlord or broker prevents you from applying for an apartment or finishing a lease signing because of how you will pay your rent, we may be able to help. Under New York City law, any landlord who owns a building in NYC with six (6) or more units must consider applicants with vouchers.
We have the authority to sue brokers and landlords to make sure they follow the law.
We do not serve as legal counsel to individuals. We enforce the law and file cases on behalf of the City of New York.
Any documentation you can provide could make building a case easier. If you are refused because of the source of your income, please come to us first – there’s a chance we may be able to negotiate with the landlord and get you access to that housing.
If a broker or landlord refuses to rent or show you an apartment because you use government assistance to pay rent, that is source of income discrimination and it’s against the law. If you think you have been discriminated against, HRA’s Source of Income Discrimination Unit may be able to help.