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New York bans insurance discrimination against affordable housing: What happens now?

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New rules now protect affordable housing providers and low-income tenants in New York from insurance discrimination. Governor Kathy Hochul announced that insurers can no longer deny coverage or adjust premiums based on a property’s affordable housing status or tenants’ income sources.

“New York will not tolerate bias against affordable housing providers,” Hochul said. “This ensures fairness in our housing market and helps keep costs down for all New Yorkers.”

Insurers are barred from refusing, canceling, or limiting coverage for properties designated as affordable housing. This includes buildings with income-based rents, tenants receiving rental assistance, and properties owned by public housing authorities or cooperatives. Complaints about housing discrimination can be filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights at forms.ny.gov/s3/nysdhrcomplaint or by calling 1-888-392-3644.



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