CBS New York: Dozens of NYC Landlords, Real Estate Brokers Accused of Discriminating Against Low-Income Tenants

May 10, 2022

By CBS New York Team

NEW YORK -- A lawsuit filed in New York County Supreme Court accuses 28 landlords and real estate brokers of discriminating against low-income tenants.

The Legal Aid Society filed the suit, claiming the minimum income requirements set by landlords basically bar anyone using a housing voucher.

Landlords often require prospective tenants to earn 40 times the annual rent, even if their voucher would cover their entire monthly payment.

If an apartment is $1,500 a month, that would be $60,000 a year.

The average housing choice voucher holder in New York City makes around $19,000 a year.

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