It is illegal to be denied a housing opportunity because of your alienage or citizenship status.
Alienage or citizenship status means the immigration status or citizenship of any person who is not a citizen or national of the United States.
Discrimination means being treated differently by any person with the authority to rent, sell, or deal with applicants or residents of a housing accommodation. For example, a building owner or representative (such as a superintendent) is discriminating if they treat you differently because of your actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status, such as asking you for a green card before showing you an apartment.
These behaviors, policies, or practices could be evidence of discrimination:
The Law also prohibits retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint against someone, or act as a witness for someone else who files a complaint.
If you believe you are the victim of housing discrimination, contact the NYC Commission on Human Rights by calling 311 or the Commission Infoline at (718) 722-3131.