It is illegal to be denied a housing opportunity because of your sexual orientation.
Sexual orientation refers to an individual’s heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.
Discrimination based on sexual orientation can also be gender, which includes a person’s gender identity, partnership status, disability (HIV status), or marital status.
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 sexual orientation, such as asking you about the nature of your relationship during an application process.
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.