What is Fair Housing?


Get the information and help you need to access quality and affordable housing in New York City.

Fair Housing Resources

Know Your Fair Housing Rights

The City Commission on Human Rights’ Fair Housing Brochure details the rights of tenants and prospective home buyers, as well as the responsibilities of landlords and housing providers. The brochure answers some of the most commonly asked questions about housing discrimination in New York City.

Download the Fair Housing Brochure:

The City Commission on Human Rights’ Lawful Source of Income Fact Sheet provides information on discrimination in housing for Section 8 or other government assistance recipients. Lawful source of income in housing is a protected class under the New York City Human Rights Law.

Download the Lawful Source of Income Fact Sheet:

More information on the technicalities of local fair housing law – including a full list of who is protected, which types of housing is covered, and examples of different types of housing discrimination – can be found at the City of New York’s Fair Housing website: nyc.gov/fairhousing.

Want to report discrimination?

If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, file a complaint or call 311 and ask for the City Commission on Human Rights. The New York City Human Rights Law requires that the complaint be filed within one year from the date of the last alleged act of discrimination.

Need help with finding safe, affordable housing?

The City of New York also has many resources to help you find a safe and affordable place to live. Visit nyc.gov/housing to find tailored resources that can help meet your housing needs and goals.