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Re: US Citizenship as a Reason for Application Rejection?

Posted by TenantNet on July 18, 1996 at 09:37:07:

In Reply to: US Citizenship as a Reason for Application Rejection? posted by Linda Chen on July 17, 1996 at 23:27:35:

: Recently I have apply for a studio in the village on Jones St. My broker
: called me back to tell me that my application has been rejected because
: I am not a US citizenship but held a permanent residency. I don't know if
: my agent is pulling tricks on me or he is telling the truth. Please help?

I think this might be illegal. I seem to remember seeing
a case a few years ago on something like this. If it's discriminatory,
you might have a case under US Fair Housing laws or a damage claim. A
little homework is probably in order. First, document this. Call the
broker back and get it on tape or visit him with a witness (also get it on
tape). Don't for a minute let him know what you are up to. Just get him
to repeat the reason and the address of the building in one sentence.
Then determine if the reason is based on your nationality or
ethnicity (although that's not absolutely necessary it might help).
In some cases they might be concerned that you might return
to your country of origin midway through the lease. Did you give them any
info to suggest this? I don't know if even that is a reason to turn
away an applicant, but there might be mitigating circumstances.
Then I would check with an attorney or do your own homework.
Call the NYC Human Rights Commission at 212-306-7500 or email us
directly at tenant -at- and we'll put you in touch with someone
we know. (just checked with them and they say it falls under housinng
try to put you inn tocuh with someone there who we know.

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