guidebook module: living in your own place

What is Fair Housing?

  • The Housing Council at PathStone in Rochester provides a summary of important points related to Fair Housing, including the rights of people with disabilities as well as families with children. Additionally, this resource includes a Q & A section with real world examples of fair housing situations. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Fair Housing Resource - English
Vivienda Justa: Lo que significa para todos

  • LawNY provides general guidance on disability-related issues and fair housing, including answers to commonly asked questions.

Fair Housing Disability Issues

  • The New York State Office of the Attorney General provides this brochure highlighting key points related to fair housing in both English and Spanish. The third link provided is a summary of fair housing topics provided on the Civil Rights Bureau webpage of the Attorney General’s Office.

Fair Housing brochure
Vivienda Justa
Fair Housing - Civil Rights Bureau

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides a brief overview of the main points of the federal Fair Housing Act as well as a YouTube playlist of 28 videos that cover different fair housing topics.

HUD Fair Housing overview
Fair Housing YouTube playlist (28 videos)

  • Extensive information about the Fair Housing Act, including a copy of the legislation, is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice in the following links:

The Fair Housing Act - page 1
The Fair Housing Act - page 2

  • New York State legislation regarding fair housing and equal rights is captured in Article 15 of the Executive laws of New York.

Article 15 - Human Rights Law of New York State


Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019

  • The New York State Office of the Attorney General provides this What you Need to Know document, which highlights in bulleted summaries all the legal changes in rent laws across the state. These summaries cover a variety of topics, including security deposit caps, limits on late payment fees, rights to a receipt, ways to get security deposits back, etc.

Changes in New York State Rent Law

  • LawNY provides a general summary of new protections for tenants that were put in place in 2019 when the New York State Governor signed the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019.

New Protections for NYS Renters

  • Detailed information regarding New York State Senate bill S6458, commonly known as the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019, can be found at:

Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019


Reasonable Accommodations / Modifications

  • Disability Rights New York provides the following written fact sheet on topics related to housing for people with disabilities. Specifically, this fact sheet provides general guidance on rights related to reasonable accommodations and modifications in addition to general fair housing information.

Housing Rights for People with Disabilities

  • HUD provides some written guidance on their website regarding a tenant’s right to reasonable accommodations and modifications, including a brief overview of the different laws that apply. Additionally, they provide some examples along with a question and answer section with links to additional information.

HUD - Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications


Support Animals

  • Disability Rights New York provides free training on the differences between service animals and emotional support animals. They also help to debunk some myths that exist about service animals. Check out their closed-captioned videos below:

Service Animals vs Emotional Support Animals
Service Animal Myths

  • Additionally, Disability Rights New York provides the following written facts sheet on issues related to assistance animals in housing.

Assistance Animals in Housing

  • The New York State Office of the Attorney General provides this brochure highlighting the rights of New Yorkers to have a service animal in public accommodations and housing.

Service Animals brochure

  • S. Service Animals is an online registry for service animals and emotional support animals. They provide written education on the fair housing act and a tenant’s right to have support animals, including what information you need to share with your landlord.

Emotional Support Animals and the Fair Housing Act

Interview Series - Living in Your Own Place

Panel Discussion - Be a Good Neighbor
  • The Living in Your Own Place interview series begins with the Be a Good Neighbor panel discussion. Tune in as Mike Rogers, Uly Ramos, Tammy & John Fritz, and Erica Martinez share both the good and the bad about having neighbors and how they have navigated different situations in their own places across different regions of New York State.

Interview - General Repairs
  • Our interview series includes a phone interview with Kevin Ryan of Menands, New York. Tune in as he shares his experiences with accessibility and apartment maintenance in the places where he has lived.

Interview - Know Your Terms
  • The final interview of the Living in Your Own Place series is a discussion with BJ Stasio of Western New York regarding his experiences with renting his apartment and understanding the terms of his lease. Tune in to hear about his experiences with lease terms, security deposits, and rental payments.

 

 
Interview - Safety & General Repairs
  • The next session in our interview series focuses on topics related to safety and apartment care when living in your own place. Tune in as Mike Rogers of Buffalo, New York shares his lived experiences with safety planning, apartment maintenance, and utilities while living in his own place.

Interview - Pets & Guests
  • This session of the interview series focuses on topics related to pets and guests when living in your own place. Tune in as Uly Ramos of New York City shares her experiences with caring for pets as well having family and guests visit and stay in her apartment.


Additional Resources

  • Disability Rights New York provides written facts sheets on the snow removal protocols in each of the five major cities in New York State. These fact sheets outline who is responsible for different surfaces and who to call if there are concerns with accessibility.

Snow Removal - Albany
Snow Removal - Buffalo
Snow Removal - NYC
Snow Removal - Rochester
Snow Removal - Syracuse

  • The New York State Office of the Attorney General provides these brief tips on your rights when hiring a moving company in the state to ensure you are protected against unfair treatment.

Hiring a Moving Company

  • LawNY provides general legal guidance on communicating with a landlord, especially when you have concerns, as well as ideas of what to do when a landlord will not fix problems with the apartment or home.

Communicating with your Landlord
Landlord Won't Make Repairs

  • NYS Homes and Community Renewal provides a brief overview of tenant rights related to living conditions of an apartment and essential services that must be provided. This overview is followed by a frequently asked questions section as well as related fact sheets that can be downloaded or printed.

Living Conditions and Essential Services

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