The NYC Commission on Human Rights is a chartered City agency that enforces the NYC Human Rights Law. The Law prohibits discrimination in housing based on our actual or perceived age, race, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, family status, marital status, partnership status, lawful source of income, and lawful occupation. The Law also prohibits retaliation.
Any person with the authority to rent, sell, or deal with applicants for, or residents of, a housing accommodation may be liable for unlawful practices. This includes landlords, superintendents, rental and managing agents, real estate brokers and agents, and co-op and condominium board members. Lending institutions, such as banks and mortgage brokers, insurance companies, and appraisers may also be held liable for housing discrimination.
Newspapers that print discriminatory advertising may be held liable for publishing ads that convey discriminatory limitations. Learn about Real Estate Ads.
The Law outlines the unlawful practices based on the membership in a protected class:
If you would like to attend a free workshop on the NYC Human Rights Law, call the Commission's Infoline at (718) 722-3131 or dial 311 and ask fo the NYC Commission on Human Rights.