Housing Discrimination Based on Person’s Lawful Source of Income is Illegal in New York


The Governor emphasized that his administration through the legislation is stopping such discriminatory behavior. He said, “That ends today,” adding that the legislation “ensures that every New Yorker has access to every New Yorker.

On the other hand, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, said, “Under the enacted State Budget, individuals who receive some sort of non-wage income… will now be protected against housing discrimination.”

“For too long, New Yorkers have struggled with ever increasing rents with little to no growth in wages. Low income families already face too many barriers when it comes to obtaining affordable housing. This legislation will break down one of those barriers, ensuring that tenants cannot be discriminated against based on the source of their income,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

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In April, the state legislature passed Tenant Protection Act of 2019, which will hold unscrupulous landlords criminally accountable for harassing renters.