It is illegal to be denied a housing opportunity because of your family status.
Family status protects families with children under the age of 18 from discriminatory actions, including couples adopting children, legal guardians of children, foster parents, grandparents with dependents, and pregnant women.
Discrimination means being treated differently by any person with the authority to rent, sell, or deal with applicants or residents of a housing accommodation. Although you may be told the policy or practice of ‘no children’ is to ensure a quiet building, prevent accidents, keep the building from disrepair, or because there is no nearby park, not renting to families because they have, or may have, children is discriminatory and interferes with the right to choose your housing.
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.