As required by Exec. Law § 170-d, the State Division on Human Rights (the “Division”) has adopted and promulgated regulations requiring every housing provider, as defined in the New York State Human Rights Law (the “SHRL“), to notify all tenants and prospective tenants of their rights to request reasonable modifications and accommodations for persons with disabilities. The final notice (click here to download the “Notice“) should be provided to existing tenants by no later than June 17, 2022. Effective immediately, the Notice should be provided to all prospective tenants, with an additional copy provided within 30 days of any new tenant entering into a lease agreement. Housing providers are, likewise, required to post the Notice (i) conspicuously, in easily-accessible and well-lit places within a housing accommodation, such that the Notice may be readily observed by prospective tenants, and (ii) on all websites.
Finally, real estate brokers are required to provide the Notice to all prospective tenants upon first substantive contact, in writing and in 12-point font or larger.
As a reminder, Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. offers policy drafting and consulting services to educate housing providers on compliance with the SHRL, the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”, found at Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York) and the Federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”, 42 USC § 3601). Comparable policy drafting and consulting is likewise available for commercial facilities and public accommodations, governed by the SHRL, the NYCHRL and the American’s with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. ch. 126 § 12101 et seq).
Please contact Cori A. Rosen at 212-551-8401 or your Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. professional if you would like to discuss any of these issues further.
Cori A. Rosen
Of Counsel – Litigation