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Discrimination Question

Posted by Ann Tukinsky on February 24, 1999 at 16:57:12:

Can a landlord or rental agency discriminate against couples;
be they married, engaged, living together, etc.?
My fiance and I just put an application on a good-sized 1 bedroom rent
stablized apartment. First off, they are taking a bunch of
applications and then deciding who will be the "best" tenant.
I thought that once an application is put in on a place, they couldn't
accept any more unless that application is rejected or the person
decides no to take the apartment.
Secondly, our broker told us that the landlord and real estate
agency may not accept our application because "...they would rather rent
to a single occupant." I thought there we laws against that sort of
thing. Plus, I just read something that said a landlord cannot deny
anyone from having a roommate.
I understand that competition for rent stablized apts. in NYC is fierce, but
that shouldn't give people the right to conduct business illegally.
Does any know what our legal standing is here?

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