Fair Housing and Landlord/Tenant Issues
Ahmad Yusufi, Fair Housing
Room 14, City Hall
105 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: (518) 382-5147
Fax : (518)
Fair Housing and
The mission of the Schenectady Fair Housing Program is to
promote and ensure equal housing opportunities to all
residents of the City of Schenectady. Our goals are to
inform housing consumers that housing markets are open to
all without bias and to assist consumers in securing fair
housing rights when they experience housing discrimination.
We also provide information and referrals for landlord/tenant issues.
"Fair Housing" refers to practices that comply with the
federal Fair Housing Act, originally passed in 1968.
The Fair Housing Act as amended prohibits discrimination in
housing and related transactions on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, religion, disability and
familial status (the presence or anticipated presence of
children under 18 in a home).
Not all unfair practices by a landlord or other person
involved in a housing-related transaction are covered by the
Fair Housing Act. Only those actions that discriminate
based on one or more of the seven bases listed above are
covered by the Fair Housing Act.
The following actions are illegal when it comes to housing:
Refusal to sell or rent a dwelling
after a bonafide offer has been made, or refusal to
negotiate for the sale or rental of a dwelling.
Changing the terms and conditions
for buying or renting housing dependent upon the person
Printing, posting or making
statements or advertisements that a dwelling is
available only to persons of a certain race, color, sex,
religion, national origin, handicap or familial status.
Denying housing is available for
inspection, sale or rental when it actually is
Discriminating in real estate
transactions, such as financing, appraising, selling,
brokering, making loans or providing other financial
Denying the use of real estate
services, brokerage services or multiple listing
Threatening, coercing or otherwise
intimidating or interfering with anyone trying to
exercise their fair housing right or assisting others to
exercise those rights.
The City of Schenectady and HUD are
able to help with any occurrence of housing discrimination.
If you think your rights have been violated, contact the
City of Schenectady Fair Housing Coordinator as listed
above, or you may contact the US Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD).
Information you will need to make a
Your name and address;
The name and address of the person
against whom you are making the complaint;
The address or other identification
of the housing involved
A short description of the alleged
The date(s) of the alleged
To file a complaint online, click
of Schenectady Fair Housing Impediments Analysis 2007
2012 Fair Housing Luncheon Video
of Schenectady Fair Housing Impediments Analysis 2013
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