Historically, housing discrimination has been a pernicious practice that has contributed to segregation in American cities and towns. The harmful effects of housing discrimination include the creation of prejudicial attitudes and beliefs, a lack of social and cultural cohesiveness, a lack of economic development, substandard housing conditions, unequal educational opportunities, and poverty.
Despite the passage of civil rights laws such as the federal Fair Housing Act in 1968, housing discrimination continues to exist. In New York City, housing discrimination is illegal with respect to several different protected categories, including:
- National origin
- Family status
- Sex (including sexual harassment)
- Sexual orientation
- Marital status
- Source of income.
There are three different laws that may apply to a New York City housing discrimination claim: federal (Fair Housing Act), state (New York State Human Rights Law), and city (New York City Human Rights Law). These laws, while similar in many respects, contain some varying protections for tenants and prospective homebuyers.
It is therefore important, if you reside in New York City and have a housing discrimination claim, that you retain an attorney who is knowledgeable about all of these laws.
We have vast experience handling housing discrimination cases on behalf of tenants. In fact, we are featured on the Fair Housing Justice Center website for working with the center on a housing discrimination case brought by a married couple who were denied the rental of a Brooklyn apartment because they have young children.
If you have suffered from housing discrimination in New York City, you can contact New York City housing discrimination attorney Eric Dinnocenzo at (212) 933-1675 for a free consultation.