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The Sanders Firm, P.C.: New York Housing Discrimination Lawyer

The Sanders Firm, P.C. represents those in New York who have experienced housing discrimination. Housing discrimination is against the law. No one can deny someone housing based on race, color, national origin, or religion. Additionally, the law prohibits discrimination based on gender, familial status, or disability. The Sanders Firm, P.C. is passionate about protecting people from housing discrimination and preserving everyone’s rights.

Protections and Fair Housing

Housing discrimination is prohibited by the Fair Housing Act, which disallows most types of discriminatory practices. Also, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (FHA) does not allow discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with their parents or legal custodians, women who are pregnant, and those securing custody of children under 18 years old. The FHA also prohibits those who have a disability from being discriminated against in housing. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces the FHA.

Housing Discrimination

The Sanders Firm, P.C. in New York City observes that there are various statutes that are utilized by those who claim that they have been victims of housing discrimination. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is for those who have experienced discrimination in programs and activities that are receiving federal financial assistance. Housing discrimination based on race, color, or national origin is unlawful.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination in any program or activity that has been awarded federal financial assistance. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 does not allow discrimination based on disability.

Section 109 of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex or religion. This statute covers programs and activities receiving financial assistance from HUD’s Community Development and Block Grant Program.

Under the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, housing discrimination based on age is unlawful. This act covers programs or activities that are awarded federal financial assistance. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 disallows discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Those With Disabilities

State and local public housing, housing assistance and housing referrals come under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Housing discrimination based on disability is unlawful. HUD enforces this statute for the programs noted in this paragraph.

For those with disabilities, the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 ensures that buildings and facilities designed, constructed, altered, or leased with certain federal funds after September 1969 must be accessible to and useable by disabled persons. Thus, specific accommodations must be made for those with physical handicaps, including wheelchair ramps, elevator access, special seating and other such accommodations.

New York State and City Laws

Along with being well versed regarding federal laws, The Sanders Firm, P.C. is also knowledgeable and experienced in understanding and applying the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) and New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to specific housing discrimination situations. The NYSHRL and NYCHRL offer broader protection than federal statutes.

If someone asserts housing discrimination under the NYSHRL, they may also utilize various state agencies in their complaint depending upon the nature of the housing discrimination. The following agencies may be involved for the following reasons.

The Division of Housing & Community Renewal, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity through the Contract Compliance Unit implements Executive Law Article 15-A which ensures the participation of minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) in contracts for construction, commodities and professional services with housing entities under DHCR supervision.

The Fair Housing Unit (FHU) seeks to promote fair housing and equal housing opportunity by requiring awardees of capital program funding and tax credits to comply with State and Federal civil rights laws in the marketing of the low-income housing they develop.

Contact The Sanders Firm, P.C.

The Sanders Firm, P.C. in New York will fight for your rights and ensure that if you have experienced housing discrimination that you will receive justice. We are dedicated to battling against discriminatory practices. Contact The Sanders Firm, P.C., and we will review your case and offer possible methods by which you may remedy the housing discrimination you have experienced. We will be your voice for justice when you have been a victim of housing discrimination.