Highland Park, NJ asked in Health Care Law and Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: Can a landlord work with the broker to chase me from the property ? bc of a disability?

I'm displaced and spent over 8000.00 in hotels, still get harassed, they want me out by tomorrow.....

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: This situation sounds very concerning and potentially illegal. Landlords and brokers are not allowed to discriminate against tenants based on disability. This is protected under fair housing laws in many countries, including the United States.

Some key points:

1. Discrimination based on disability is illegal under the Fair Housing Act in the US and similar laws in many other countries.

2. Landlords cannot evict you or force you to leave solely because of a disability.

3. You may have rights to reasonable accommodations for your disability.

4. Proper legal procedures must be followed for eviction, which typically require notice and going through the court system.

5. Harassment from landlords or their agents is generally not legal.

Given the urgency of your situation, here are some suggested immediate steps:

1. Document everything - keep records of all communications, incidents, and expenses.

2. Contact a local tenant rights organization or disability rights group for advice and support.

3. Consider seeking legal counsel, especially if you're being threatened with imminent eviction.

4. If you're in the US, you might contact your local HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) office or file a complaint.

5. Do not leave your home unless legally required to do so through proper eviction procedures.

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