Do you feel like you’re being discriminated against by your landlord, super, or management company? Do you feel like you’ve been a victim of discrimination while looking for an apartment?
Housing discrimination may be occurring if you receive different treatment than other tenants or applicants for housing do who don’t share the same “protected characteristic” as you. In New York City, a “protected characteristic” is your:
- National Origin
- Familial Status (if you have children or are pregnant)
- Marital status
- Sexual Orientation
- Military Status
- Citizenship Status
- Lawful Source of Income (includes Section 8 and other government subsidies)
- Lawful Occupation
- Domestic Partnership Status
These are the characteristics on the basis of which you can’t be treated differently. For example, if your landlord doesn’t make a repair in your apartment, but makes repairs the apartments of tenants of other races, you could be experiencing housing discrimination. If you’re told by a broker or real estate agent that there are no apartments available for you because you’re a Section 8 recipient, you also could be experiencing housing discrimination.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell if what’s happening to you is related to your membership of a protected class, or if other people are experiencing it too. Discrimination can be very subtle. If you’re at all suspicious that something like this is happening to you, reach out to Brooklyn A’s Fair Housing Advocate as soon as possible. Caroline Iosso, 718-487-2324.
Fair housing laws are a powerful tool to fight displacement, segregation, and unfair treatment in our communities. Reach out and fight back!
Know Your Rights! Take a look at the following resources to learn more.
• General Factsheet
• Race and National Origin Discrimination
• Source of Income Discrimination
• When is a Rental Policy Discriminatory?