It is illegal to be denied a housing opportunity because of your race.
Race refers to the skin color, hair texture, facial, and other physical features associated with a racial or ethnic group. Your actual or perceived racial and/or ethnic identification may be the basis for discriminatory actions by others. Race discrimination is closely associated with discrimination based on skin color.
Discrimination means being treated differently by any person with the authority to rent, sell, or deal with applicants or residents of a housing accommodation. Those discriminating based on race use it as an indicator of their assumptions about a person’s intelligence, social status, education, income, and/or other characteristics.
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.