What Is Fair Housing?

What Is Fair Housing?

All New Yorkers deserve fair and equal access to housing.  The federal Fair Housing Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law all prohibit housing discrimination.

Specifically, the New York City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in housing based on actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, uniformed service, marital status, partnership status, alienage or citizenship status of any person or group of persons, or because of any lawful source of income of such person or persons, or because children are, may be or would be residing with such person or persons.

Housing discrimination is illegal.  Learn your rights and responsibilities. 


If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, contact us to file a complaint. The New York City Human Rights Law requires that the complaint be filed within one year from the date of the last alleged act of discrimination.

If you would like to attend a free workshop on the New York City Human Rights Law, visit the events tab for upcoming workshop or visit the contact us tab to contact call the New York City Commission on Human Rights.