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Human Rights

Title 8, NYC Admin Code

It is illegal to discriminate against tenants, apartment seekers, and home buyers on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, immigration status, lawful occupation, lawful source of income (including housing subsidies), marital or partnership status, military service, national origin, pregnancy, presence of children, race, religion/creed, sexual orientation, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking.


"Given the current political environment, people are extremely sensitive to any hint of discrimination. New York City and New York State human rights laws provide protections based on numerous categories. Co-op boards in New York City need to be very aware of this when scrutinizing application packages and interviewing potential apartment buyers. Rejecting an applicant for financial reasons is allowed, but if you discriminate against a member of a protected class, you are exposing the co-op to potential litigation."

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