Donald Harwood is an attorney practicing in New York City and the executive producer of the film Frozen River. Donald Harwood specializes in areas of landlord-tenant litigation as well as commercial and appellate litigation.
In New York City, residents living in an apartment building, condominium, residential hotel, or government-assisted housing development are entitled to lawful protection from discriminatory acts by their landlord. The most obvious case of discrimination in the housing and rental industry is a refusal to sell or rent to a person or family due to race or religion. Landlords can also be found guilty of discriminatory practices if they misrepresent the availability of a property or adjust rental terms for a specific group of people. Advertisements that cater toward a certain ethnicity can be considered a another example of landlord discrimination. Landlords are also expected to provide equal facilities and amenities to all renters.
Individuals living with a physical or health-related disability can also become victims of landlord discrimination. Landlords must make any reasonable accommodation required by a person with such a disability. In any instance of possible discrimination, individuals should contact a New York attorney specializing in landlord-tenant litigation as well as the NYC Commission on Human Rights.