Housing Discrimination

Housing Discrimination

In New York State, it is illegal for a landlord to discriminate against you, treat you differently, or refuse to rent to you because of your:

  • Race and/or ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability (including mental health conditions)
  • Familial status
  • Source of income

Familial Status

If you are applying for housing with a partner, landlords are not allowed to ask whether or not you are married. Landlords also cannot prohibit your children from living with you (provided the unit would not be overcrowded). 

Source of Income Discrimination

Did you know that rental listings advertising "No Section 8" or similar restrictions are against the law in New York State? Landlords are required to accept any lawful source of income as rental payment. Failure to do so is known as source of income discrimination

Get Help

If you are experiencing housing discrimination, you may wish to contact one of these organizations:

  • United Tenants of Albany | 518-436-8997 | For advice and advocacy
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY | 833-628-0087 | For free legal advice and representation
  • New York State Division of Human Rights | 888-392-3644 | To make a fair housing complaint
  • New York State Office of the Attorney General | 800-771-7755 | To make a fair housing complaint
  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development | 800-496-4294 | To make a fair housing complaint