Fair Housing

  • New York State
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
    Division of licensing services
    (518) 474-4429
    www.dos.ny.gov
    (888) 392-3644

    New York State Housing and Anti-Discrimination Disclosure Form


    Federal, State and local Fair Housing Laws provide comprehensive protections from discrimination in
    housing. It is unlawful for any property owner, landlord, property manager or other person who sells, rents or
    leases housing, to discriminate based on certain protected characteristics, which include, but are not limited
    to race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status,
    sex, age, disability, marital status, lawful source of income or familial status
    . Real estate professionals
    must also comply with all Fair Housing Laws.


    Real estate brokers and real estate salespersons, and their employees and agents violate the Law if they:

    • Discriminate based on any protected characteristic when negotiating a sale, rental or lease,
      including representing that a property is not available when it is available.
    • Negotiate discriminatory terms of sale, rental or lease, such as stating a different price because of race,
      national origin or other protected characteristic.
    • Discriminate based on any protected characteristic because it is the preference of a seller or landlord.
    • Discriminate by “steering” which occurs when a real estate professional guides prospective buyers or
      renters towards or away from certain neighborhoods, locations or buildings, based on any protected
      characteristic
    • Discriminate by “blockbusting” which occurs when a real estate professional represents that a change has
      occurred or may occur in future in the composition of a block, neighborhood or area, with respect to any
      protected characteristics, and that the change will lead to undesirable consequences for that area, such
      as lower property values, increase in crime, or decline in the quality of schools.
    • Discriminate by pressuring a client or employee to violate the Law.
    • Express any discrimination because of any protected characteristic by any statement, publication,
      advertisement, application, inquiry or any Fair Housing Law record.
    • Discriminate by pressuring a client or employee to violate the Law.

     

    YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO FILE A COMPLAINT

    If you believe you have been the victim of housing discrimination you should file a complaint with the
    New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR). Complaints may be filed by:

    • Downloading a complaint form from the DHR website: www.dhr.ny.gov;
    • Stop by a DHR office in person, or contact one of the Division’s offices, by telephone or by mail, to obtain
      a complaint form and/or other assistance in filing a complaint. A list of office locations is available online at:
      https://dhr.ny.gov/contact-us, and the Fair Housing HOTLINE at (844)-862-8703.

    You may also file a complaint with the NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services. Complaints
    may be filed by:

    • Downloading a complaint form from the Department of State’s website
      https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/complaint_links.html
    • Stop by a Department’s office in person, or contact one of the Department’s offices, by telephone or by
      mail, to obtain a complaint form.
    • Call the Department at (518) 474-4429.

    There is no fee charged to you for these services. It is unlawful for anyone to retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

    For more information on Fair Housing Act rights and responsibilities please visit
    https://dhr.ny.gov/fairhousing and https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/fairhousing.html.

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