New York introduces incognito program to ensure fair housing transactions

Gov. Cuomo takes action to “root out” biases preventing fair access of real estate
  • Agents, landlords and owners are all subject to investigation and prosecution if potential housing discrimination is uncovered or certain laws are violated, according to Governor Cuomo’s office.
  • According to Governor Cuomo, the New York Division of Human Rights has recently settled 123 allegations of housing discrimination due to race, disabilities and familial status.
  • In 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a similar piece of legislation requiring testers be used to help expose and eliminate discrimination within the housing and employment sectors of NYC.

In an advanced effort to eradicate housing discrimination, the state of New York has developed the Fair Housing Enforcement Program, complete with “testers” who pretend to be potential buyers or renters within the New York real estate market.