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Legal Information: New York

Housing Laws

November 9, 2020

Who is considered a qualified third party?

A “qualified third party” is the phrase used in the law to describe the person to whom you or a member of your household reported the domestic violence. The qualified third party can provide a written statement to your landlord as proof that you or a member of your household are a victim of domestic violence.1 A qualified third party must be one of the following:

  • any law enforcement officer;
  • an employee of a state court;
  • an attorney;
  • a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, registered nurse, therapist or clinical professional counselor licensed to practice in any state;
  • a person who works for a government or non-profit organization that advises or provides services to people regarding domestic violence; or
  • any member of the clergy of a church or religious society or denomination.2

1 NY Real Prop § 227-c(c)(iv)
2 NY Real Prop § 227-c(2)(A)