Research by Housing Rights Initiative (HRI) has identified what appears to be a widespread practice of age discrimination by real estate owners and broker/agents across the nation, including New York City, which routinely impacts senior citizens and other older tenants and purchasers of housing.
According to the AARP, “by 2030, one in every five Americans will be over age 65, and our nation will face a severe shortage in appropriate housing to meet their needs.” The AARP has also stated that “one-third of adults (20 million) older than 50 put more than 30 percent of their income toward housing, and 9.6 million adults older than 50 put more than 50 percent of their income toward housing.”
In New York City, the Human Rights Law prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants and purchasers of housing because of their age. Other state, city, and county anti-discrimination laws have similar prohibitions. HRI’s mission is to preserve affordable housing throughout the country. Efforts by any real estate owners to make housing unavailable to older Americans and deny them information about available housing thwarts HRI’s ability to preserve affordable housing for this growing sector of our community. If you have been the victim of age discrimination in housing, or if you would like to learn more about what you can do help stop such discrimination, contact HRI at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fairhousing/renters/age.page