Source of income discrimination

Reporting source of income discrimination helps enforce the Human Rights Law, and creates opportunities that were previously closed. Do not let landlords and brokers get away with widespread discrimination - report SID now!


THe Human Rights law States…

If a Landlord Owns a Building with 6 or more units, They CANNOT

Deny an apartment based on a lawful source of income

Refuse to accept payments from any lawful source of income

Publish advertisements that reject or discourage applicants with programs

Check out common phrases landlords use against applicants here.


How do you Report Source of Income Discrimination?

In order to report SID, you must have sufficient evidence of discrimination. Unfortunately, “he said, she said” cases will not hold up in court. Sufficient evidence includes…

  • A recording of a phone call with a landlord/broker

  • Emails between you and a landlord/broker

  • Text messages between you and a landlord/broker

There will be situations, where you will need help proving you were discriminated against because of your voucher. This could be a situation where…

  • The landlord/broker stops answering emails or texts after you mention the voucher

  • The landlord/broker asks you to call back after you mention the voucher without any definitive next steps

  • The landlord/broker tells you they have nothing available in your price range

In these types of situations, report what evidence you do have. An organizer will explain next steps.



Reporting source of income discrimination will benefit you directly, and future voucher holders attempting to penetrate the housing market.


Immediate Action:                                            Emergency Intervention

This is a real time response. A member from the source of income unit will inform the landlord/broker you reported that they are in violation of the Human Rights Law, and they will face legal action unless they are willing to negotiate on the unit in question. This process helps voucher holders secure housing they were previously denied.

Long Term Action:                                        Lawsuit

With help from the Commission on Human Rights, voucher holders with sufficient evidence of source of income discrimination have the opportunity to file a complaint against landlords and brokers. City or non profit attorneys represent voucher holders at no cost. Lawsuits send an important message to landlords in the housing market: discriminating against voucher holders has consequences. Voucher holders also have the possibility of receiving money from damages as a result of a lawsuit.