Housing discrimination is against the law in New York City.

You can get help understanding fair housing laws and get information, mediation, and counseling on topics such as:

  • Housing and discrimination prevention
  • Building owner and tenant disputes
  • Housing Court procedures


Learn about and get referrals for housing discrimination issues.

Download brochures and posters about fair housing in multiple languages.

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

It is illegal for landlords, superintendents, building managers, condominium owners, cooperative owners, boards, banks or other lenders to discriminate in the sale, rental, or lease of a home or in the provision of services and facilities because of your actual or perceived membership or status in a group protected by the Human Rights Law.

It is also illegal to discriminate in housing because children are or may be living with you, or because of your lawful occupation or source of income, including rental assistance, Section 8, LINC voucher, HASA, public assistance, SSI, or SSD.

Housing providers, including shelters and other forms of temporary or supportive housing, must permit residents to keep service animals or emotional support animals as a reasonable accommodation for a disability, unless it would cause an undue hardship to the housing provider.

It is illegal to discriminate based on:

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • Immigration status
  • Lawful occupation
  • Lawful source of income, including rental assistance, Section 8, LINC voucher, HASA, public assistance, SSI, or SSD
  • Marital or partnership status
  • Military service
  • National origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Presence of children
  • Race
  • Religion/Creed
  • Sexual orientation
  • Status as victim of domestic violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Stalking

If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination, you can make a complaint online or by phone. You can also get more information about the City Human Rights Law.


Submit an inquiry about discrimination.

By Phone

  • Agency: Commission on Human Rights
  • Division: Law Enforcement Bureau
  • Phone Number: (212) 416-0197
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

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