Posted by Sam on February 27, 1999 at 16:38:58:
In Reply to: Discrimination Question posted by Ann Tukinsky on February 24, 1999 at 16:57:12:
: Can a landlord or rental agency discriminate against couples;
: be they married, engaged, living together, etc.?
: My fiance and I just put an application on a good-sized 1 bedroom rent
: stablized apartment. First off, they are taking a bunch of
: applications and then deciding who will be the "best" tenant.
: I thought that once an application is put in on a place, they couldn't
: accept any more unless that application is rejected or the person
: decides no to take the apartment.
: Secondly, our broker told us that the landlord and real estate
: agency may not accept our application because "...they would rather rent
: to a single occupant." I thought there we laws against that sort of
: thing. Plus, I just read something that said a landlord cannot deny
: anyone from having a roommate.
: I understand that competition for rent stablized apts. in NYC is fierce, but
: that shouldn't give people the right to conduct business illegally.
: Does any know what our legal standing is here?
The law as amended in 1991, prohibits housing discrimination
because of "actual or perceived race, color, national origin,
sexual orientation, religion, disability, gender, marital status,
alienage, citizenship status, age, lawful occupation, or because
children maybe, are, or will be in residence."
The widespread practice emphatically forbidden under the law is
the refusal to rent, sell, or approve the sale or rental of a
housing accommodation because the prospective tenant or purchaser
happens to belong to one of the "protected classes" listed above.
The above was copied from the http listed. However: people who want to discriminate will simply do it and give another reason if asked by a government official. Renters have handled situations like yours by having the one with the better chance of getting the apt apply for it & rent it: then the other one moves in. see also the Roommate Law (Real Property Law §235-f). Why shouldn't they take many applications? employers do...
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