Housing Discrimination Complaints

The Fair Housing Justice Center assists individuals and organizations with allegations of illegal housing discrimination. The following services are provided free of charge and there are no income requirements:

  • Counseling on fair housing rights
  • Investigative assistance (including testing)
  • Referrals to cooperating attorneys and/or administrative agencies (on a case by case basis)

The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Sex
  • Disability (physical and/or mental)
  • Familial Status (presence of children)

In addition to these federally protected characteristics, New York State also makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing based on:

  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Military Status

If the act of housing discrimination occurred within the City of New York, discrimination is also prohibited when it is based on:

  • Lawful Occupation
  • Gender Identity
  • Source of Income(including rental subsidies)
  • Alienage/Citizenship Status
  • Domestic Partnership Status
  • Status as Victim of Domestic Violence, Sex Offenses, and Stalking

If the act of housing discrimination occurred within Nassau County, discrimination is also prohibited when it is based on Source of Income (including rental subsidies).

If the act of housing discrimination occurred within Suffolk County, discrimination is also prohibited when it is based on Alienage/Citizenship.

If the act of housing discrimination occurred within Westchester County, discrimination is also prohibited when it is based on:

  • Alienage/Citizenship Status
  • Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, and Stalking

For direct assistance with a complaint, please call (212) 400-8201 or our toll-free number at 1-866-350-FHJC. You may also click here to send us a brief note about your complaint and we will get back to you.