Housing discrimination

Civil Rights

Fighting discrimination in housing 

No New Yorker should face discrimination in buying or renting a house or apartment.   

Federal and state laws ensure that equal housing opportunities are available to all. The Office of the New York State Attorney General enforces your right as a New Yorker to buy or rent a house or apartment without experiencing discrimination.  

We investigate claims of housing-related discrimination under state, federal, and local laws where there is a “pattern or practice” (including an official or unofficial policy) of discrimination or harassment against homebuyers or tenants.

We define discrimination or harassment as being treated differently or experiencing unwanted and offensive behavior because of:

  • race
  • creed
  • color
  • national origin
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity or expression
  • military status
  • sex
  • age
  • disability
  • marital status
  • status as a victim of domestic violence
  • familial status 

We combat systemic discrimination, which is discrimination that affects a significant number of homebuyers or renters. Here are some examples of housing-related discrimination we have handled:

To report repeated, illegal housing discrimination, you can: 

File a complaint about illegal housing discrimination

Call: 212-416-8250 to have a form mailed to you. Then mail us the completed form or fax it to 212-416-6030

Email: Civil.Rights@ag.ny.gov

Visit: New York State’s Division of Human Rights website

Visit: New York City’s Human Rights website