Legal Information: New York

Housing Laws

July 7, 2023

What protections do these housing laws offer?

You (the tenant) could end your lease early without penalty, and without owing rent for the rest of the lease period, if you or a member of your household:

  • is a victim of domestic violence; and
  • reasonably fears staying in the leased housing because of possible domestic violence in the future.1

In addition, it is illegal for a landlord or homeowner to discriminate against you by refusing to sell, rent, or lease you a home due to the fact that you are the victim of domestic violence.2

1 NY Real Prop § 227-c(1)
2 NY Exec § 296(4)(a), (5)(a)


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