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. The diverse set of undercover prospects will work together in teams and go about their apartment or house hunts as normal, and then report back on any treatment throughout the process. 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. “These actions will hold housing providers accountable -- we will not hesitate to crack down on those who break the law. We will do everything we can to root out discrimination where it shows its ugly presence in order to create stronger and more inclusive communities statewide,” Governor Cuomo said. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Cuomo’s of...
- 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.
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