The Ithaca Board of REALTORS® remains committed to highlighting April as Fair Housing month by continuing to address discrimination in our community, supporting programs that educate the public about the right to equal housing opportunities, and planning partnership efforts with other organizations to help assure every American of their right to fair housing. While we recognize April as Fair Housing month, we urge everyone to recognize this celebration throughout the year.
~2019: On April 12, the “Lawful Source of Income Non-Discrimination Act of 2019” was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The new law is effective immediately and adds “lawful source of income”, as a protected class for the sale or lease of any real property.
Pursuant to New York Executive Law §292(36):
“lawful source of income” shall include, but not be limited to, child support, alimony, foster care subsidies, income derived from social security, or any form of federal, state, or local public assistance or housing assistance including, but not limited to, section 8 vouchers, or any other form of housing assistance payment or credit whether or not such income or credit is paid or attributed directly to a landlord, and any other forms of lawful income. The provisions of this subdivision shall not be construed to prohibit the use of criteria or qualifications of eligibility for the sale, rental, leasing or occupancy of publicly-assisted housing accommodations where such criteria or qualifications are required to comply with federal or state law, or are necessary to obtain the benefits of a federal or state program. A publicly assisted housing accommodation may include eligibility criteria in statements, advertisements, publications or applications, and may make inquiry or request information to the extent necessary to determine eligibility.
For more information about the State Budget 2019-20 view the State Budget Summary provided by NYSAR