Posted by Provost on September 10, 2001 at 02:02:09:
In Reply to: Even TenantNet Is Wrong posted by New York Tenant on September 09, 2001 at 20:24:26:
"Lawful occupation" is a protected class in New York City. But again, coops can reject an applicant for ANY reason, or no reason at all. By their very nature, a coop is a selective group of people who cooperate to provide housing. Coops can reject applicants who they feel will not "fit in", even when money is clearly not an issue.
That's why any real estate broker can tell you about coops that are mostly Jewish, those that don't accept Jews at all, those that reject presidents and celebrities (they supposedly draw too much attention). There is even a "doctors and nurses" coop, that will discriminate against anyone who is not a doctor or nurse.
Becuase coops are not required to give their reasons for rejecting an applicant, it is doubtful that lawsuits would go anywhere, and most people would find alternate housing anyways before a lawsuit winds its way through.
If you choose to buy into a coop that practices discrimination, caveat emptor. That ever-so-selective board will reject your applicant, and you will wait months or years to sell at a lower price than a similar condo would sell for.
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