What housing is covered under New York State Human Rights Laws? 

The New York State Human Rights Law applies to nearly all housing accommodations.

 

The only exceptions are: Rental units in two-family homes occupied by the owner.

Example: A two-family home where the owner lives in one of the units is not covered by the Human Rights Law.

 

Rentals in rooming houses occupied by the owner or member of the owner’s family.

Example: A rooming house with a resident owner is not covered by the Human Rights Law.

 

It is important to remember that although the Human Rights Law does not apply to these housing accommodations, federal or local fair housing laws may apply.