Westchester, NY Landlord & Small Business Law Blog

Monday, December 16, 2013

Do Not Discrimate When Leasing Premises

I read a recent newspaper article about a landlord in Westchester County New York agreeing to pay a significant penalty to the US for discriminating against prospective tenants.  The action against the landlord was commenced by the US Attorneys' office after an investigation in which undercover operatives sought to rent an apartment from the landlord.  The landlord tried to avoid renting to minority tenants.  Unfortunately there are many landlords just like this one who was caught discriminating.

Why shouldn't a landlord discriminate against minority tenants?  It's illegal and can lead to serious consequences.  It's morally and ethically wrong.  It decreases the potential pool of tenants.  It's bad business. 

Glen P. Malia

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