Blogging The NYT: Couple’s Suit Accuses Real Estate Firm of Bias Against Children

Blogging The NYT: Couple’s Suit Accuses Real Estate Firm of Bias Against Children

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Carrie McBride
Apr 25, 2008

Families who rent will be particularly interested to learn of a class action lawsuit being filed against New York City rental agency Brown Harris Stevens alleging housing discrimination against families with children.

Jamie Katz and Lisa Nocera seem like desirable tenants - employed (she's a physician), married and with good credit. The problem is they have a child. They first encountered a problem when Dr. Nocera was expecting and were told by their realtor that they couldn't see an apartment they were interested in because the landlord wouldn't rent to a family with a child. This wasn't the first time they'd hear this.

The nonprofit organization, the Fair Housing Justice Center, got involved and sent two people posing as potential renters, one with a child and one without, to inquire about an apartment Brown Harris Stevens was showing - the childless candidate was shown the property without a hassle while the renter with a child was dissuaded from seeing it.

Read the full article at The New York Times here.

Whether you live in New York or elsewhere, have you encountered difficulty finding housing because you have children?

(Photo credit: Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times.)

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