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Showing posts with label housing discrimination. Show all posts
Showing posts with label housing discrimination. Show all posts

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Update! New York is Ready to Receive Your Calls on Housing Discrimination

New law establishes a dedicated phone line for public use to voice complaints of housing discrimination. New York State’s Division of Human Rights will operate the phone line during regular business hours. The phone number will be posted on the Division of Human Rights website.


The law becomes effective, 120 days after December 21, 2021. 


Nothing in this Bill prevents you from hiring an attorney to pursue damages resulting from discriminatory conduct. If you believe that you suffered injuries as a result of housing discrimination, you may be entitled to compensatory damages and punitive damages plus, you can have your attorneys' fees paid for by the defendant. 

Monday, December 13, 2021

New York is Ready to Receive Your Calls on Housing Discrimination

The New York State Legislature passed Bill S3437C that establishes a dedicated phone line for public use to voice complaints of housing discrimination. New York State’s Division of Human Rights will operate the phone line during regular business hours. The phone number will be posted on the Division of Human Rights website.


The Bill amends Human Rights Executive Law The General Powers of the Human Rights Division, Section 295 . It awaits the Governor's signature to become effective, as law, 120 days after it is signed.

 

Nothing in this Bill prevents you from hiring an attorney to pursue damages resulting from discriminatory conduct. If you believe that you suffered injuries as a result of housing discrimination, you may be entitled to compensatory damages and punitive damages plus, you can have your attorneys' fees paid for by the defendant. 



Friday, December 10, 2021

Increased Discrimination Training For Real Estate Brokers & Salespersons

Starting on July 1, 2022, Bill (S2132B) will add increased fair housing and discrimination training for Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons. 


Summary:

  • Requires course content to include:
    1. Legacy of segregation, unequal treatment, and historic lack of access to opportunity in housing;
    2. Unequal access to amenities and resources on the basis of race, disability and other protected characteristics;
    3. Federal, state, and local fair housing laws;
    4. Anti-Bias training.
  • Requires 152 hours of training to obtain a Real Estate Broker license
  • Requires 77 hours of training to become a licensed Real Estate Salesperson
  • Requires approval of faculty to sign a document, under oath, approved by and submitted to the Department of State, attesting to compliance with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements pertaining to the instruction of the established curriculum. There will be penalties for faculty that fail to meet their obligations including suspension and revocation of their instructor certificate.





Thursday, September 16, 2021

Are Minimum Income-to-Rent Policies Discriminatory?

Landlords and brokers should pay close attention to Long Island Housing Servs. Inc. v. NPS Holiday Square LLC in the Eastern District of New York


This case addressed whether minimum income requirements for rentals are discriminatory. 


What do you think?


Should a landlord be able to screen tenants based on their income?


The landlords in this case utilize "a two-to-one income requirement, which generally requires applicants without housing vouchers to have an income double the monthly rent." If they have vouchers, the vouchers are credited "as one month's rent and [the] applicants [] have [to have] an income equal to between 80 percent and 100 percent of one month's rent." 


To be discriminatory, this policy would have to have "'a significantly adverse or disproportionate impact' on housing voucher users." 


Currently the plaintiffs and defendants are battling over experts, but this case is going to teach landlords, brokers, property managers, and the like how to frame their policies moving forward. 


So, keep a close eye on this one. 




Monday, August 02, 2021

Lieb Quoted in Newsday Article on Section 8 Vouchers & Discrimination

Check out Maura McDermott's Newsday article, Ruling: Suffolk complex broke law spurning Section 8 housing vouchers.

In the article, I'm quoted as saying that "Starting in September, a new state law requires state agencies and nonprofits that administer housing subsidies to give recipients written notice about their fair-housing rights" and that "fair-housing enforcement has become a higher priority at the local, state and federal level, which he said was prompted by Newsday’s 2019 Long Island Divided project, a three-year investigation into housing bias."

The article is about how Long Island Housing Services filed suit after "its testers were told the complex did not accept federal housing-choice subsidies, also known as Section 8 vouchers."

Do you think we should have more testers in society to route out housing discrimination?

Who should pay for these testers?

In the article, it said that Long Island Housing Services paid $23,855 for the testors - that's a lot of $$$