New York Fair Housing Laws
Federal, state, and local fair housing laws work to ensure that all tenants have equal housing opportunities. The federal Fair Housing Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and various local laws prohibit discrimination by landlords.
The federal Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of a person's race, familial status (presence of children under age 18), color, national origin, religion, disability , or sex.
The New York State Human Rights Law protects all of the above but also makes it illegal to discriminate based on creed, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or military status.
Some local governments afford their residents additional protections:
-lawful source of income
Local laws in Buffalo, Hamburg, West Seneca, and Nassau County also prohibit source of income discrimination in housing.
Most Housing Is Included
In New York State, fair housing laws cover most housing, with three main exceptions:
- -One or two family owner-occupied buildings
- -Room rentals in housing for individuals of the same sex
- -Room rentals in owner-occupied housing.
For more information about New York Fair Housing Laws please go to:http://www.ag.ny.gov/civil-rights/fair-housing
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