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

Online

Learn about and get referrals for housing discrimination issues.

Download brochures and posters about fair housing in multiple languages.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

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.

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

Submit an inquiry about discrimination.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.