You Have A Right To Fair Housing

Finding a safe, affordable place to live is one of the most important things you do for your family. You deserve a fair chance to live where you choose. Unfortunately, New York City landlords still discriminate against people illegally. When they do, the lawyers at Himmelstein McConnell Gribben & Joseph LLP are ready to step in to fight against such discrimination. We only represent tenants’ rights in the New York area.

Housing Discrimination Is Against The Law

Many laws make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against protected classes of people, including federal, state and New York City Human Rights Law. That means when you apply for an apartment in New York, the landlord cannot consider the following when deciding whether to rent to you:

  • Race
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Age (though senior-only housing is permitted)
  • Sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Family status and marital status
  • Disability
  • Military status

If you are applying within New York City, the law also bars the landlord from discriminating based on any lawful source of income, as well as discriminating against victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

If you think a landlord discriminated against you, you have the right to file a claim with the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Our skilled attorneys will walk you through this process and fight for you every step of the way.

Accessibility Is A Growing Concern

As baby boomers age, our older population grows. That means we see an increasing need for accessible housing for people with disabilities and older adults. Under the law, landlords cannot discriminate based on age and must make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.

These accommodations may include hand rails in the bathroom or a ramp into the building. If you use a service animal, the landlord cannot deny you based on a “no pets” policy. A “reasonable” accommodation is one that is feasible from architectural and financial standpoints.

Many landlords and building owners would prefer not to spend the money adding these types of accommodations. Our law firm is not afraid to advocate for your right to an accessible apartment or building.

Call Our Lawyers Today

Our housing discrimination lawyers are ready to help you fight for the fair housing you deserve. Contact Himmelstein McConnell Gribben & Joseph LLP today by calling 212-349-3000 or filling out our online form.

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