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For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2020
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New York State Department of State Announces New Real Estate Regulations to Combat Housing Discrimination Take Effect June 20

Real Estate Professionals Required to Post Regulations in Visible Places to Inform New Yorkers About their Rights

The New York State Department of State today announced that the new regulations for real estate professionals to help combat housing discrimination will take effect on June 20, 2020. The new regulations, which the New York State Real Estate Board approved in December 2019, mandate enhanced disclosures by real estate professionals to help ensure prospective home buyers, renters, sellers and landlords receive ample information about their rights and protections under New York State law.

“Housing discrimination is against the law and will not be tolerated in New York State. The Department of State works hard to enforce the Fair Housing Act as it relates to real estate professionals,” said Secretary of State Rosado. “These new regulations will help to combat discriminatory actions and ensure New Yorkers understand their rights when looking to buy, rent or sell their home.”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed the Department of State, in consultation with the Division of Human Rights, to issue new regulations as one of several steps to combat housing discrimination in response to a report on housing discrimination on Long Island.
The new fair housing regulations require the following:

New York State Division of Human Rights Interim Commissioner, Johnathan J. Smith, said, “Recent events have made painfully clear the ugly role that racism continues to play in all aspects of American society.¬† DHR will continue to partner with the Department of State to enforce these important regulations and ensure every New Yorker has the right to safe, accessible, and fair housing.”

In addition to the new fair housing regulations, the Department of State also announced new advertising regulations aimed at providing clearer disclosures for internet advertising will take effect on November 2, 2020. These regulations will require brokers using lead generation programs such as Zillow, StreetEasy, Trulia, and others to ensure that the listing agent is clearly disclosed and that the buyer’s broker includes the word “advertisement” in the advertising. It requires that these disclosures are also posted on Thumbnail views when the public searches for a property on Zillow or even a broker’s page. ¬†This new rule aims to inform the clients about the listing broker’s name on properties shown on the search results.

Both the fair housing and advertising regulations were published in the New York State Register on May 6, 2020. The guidance documents are available on the Department of State website by clicking here.