Income requirements discriminate against renters with housing vouchers: lawsuit

Minimum income requirements for New York apartments amount to income discrimination against tenants who use housing vouchers by effectively making them ineligible for apartments they could otherwise afford, according to a lawsuit from the Housing Rights Initiative.

The group recently filed a lawsuit in Manhattan state Supreme Court against almost 30 landlords and brokers, arguing that the typical requirement for a tenant to make 40 times the monthly rent to be eligible for an apartment prevents almost all housing voucher holders in the city from qualifying. This defeats the purpose of the housing voucher program and of laws against source-of-income discrimination, according to HRI.

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