In addition, local fair housing ordinances exist in Rockland, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. Nassau County additionally prohibits housing discrimination based on source of income. Westchester County also prohibits housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking.
It is illegal housing discrimination to coerce, intimidate, threaten, interfere with or retaliate against anyone who is exercising his or her fair housing rights or anyone assisting another person to exercise his or her fair housing rights, including filing a housing discrimination complaint.
**Please note that in-person appointments with the FHJC are by appointment only. To report discrimination, please call 212-400-8201 or fill out our form.
Yes. Housing providers must agree to make reasonable changes to housing rules, policies, practices, or services when such changes are necessary to permit a person with a mental or physical disability equal opportunity to access, use, and enjoy a dwelling unit. Housing providers must agree to permit physical modifications to a building or dwelling unit when such modifications would permit a person with a disability to access, use, and enjoy a dwelling unit. However, the question of who must pay the cost of the modification depends on which laws cover the situation.
For more information about reasonable accommodation, please read the U.S. Department of Justice and HUD’s Joint Statement on Reasonable Accommodation. http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/library/huddojstatement.pdf
Also, all multifamily housing designed and constructed after 1991 must comply with accessibility requirements found in the federal Fair Housing Act. For more information on the seven accessibility guidelines for new construction of multifamily buildings, see http://www.fairhousingfirst.org/
First of all, you should know that many housing providers provide training and work hard to ensure that their agents comply with fair housing laws so you should not automatically assume that you will encounter housing discrimination. While there is nothing you can do to prevent discrimination from happening, there are some steps that you can take during your housing search to protect yourself in the unfortunate event that you do encounter illegal discrimination:
- Save receipts, copies of advertisements or listings, rental applications, correspondence, financing information, and business cards that you accumulate during your search.
- Keep a journal or take detailed notes during your search to keep track of the different places and properties you visit, the agents you contact, and the dates when you have contact with agents during your search. The FHJC can also provide you with a copy of our latest Rental Search Log in English or Spanish so that you can keep track of your housing search.
- Whenever you have contact with a housing provider, obtain the name of the person you are speaking with early in the conversation. If discriminatory comments are made or you observe conduct that might suggest unlawful housing discrimination, contact the FHJC as soon as possible.