The New York State Assembly this week approved a package of bills aimed at reducing discrimination in real estate, some of which will be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval before they become law.
These bills include measures to combat discrimination against potential home buyers who are of color and address a longstanding problem that has led to de facto segregation in many communities.
These measures concern the training of realtors as well as efforts to increase the responsibility of the industry.
“The majority of Assembly members have long been committed to ensuring equal access to housing for every New Yorker,” said Assembly Speaker Karl Heisty. “Housing discrimination has been around since the Fair Housing movement, but it is still troubling and damaging to New Yorkers. Discrimination, which was once open, has become more hidden and hidden, and this law will help us solve this problem. “
One invoice will require real estate brokers to create standardized operating procedures and practices to ensure that home buyers are treated fairly. Legislators also approved a bill requiring government housing agencies and local housing authorities that receive government funds to identify and work to eliminate segregation in communities.
And the legislators approved a measure that will fund efforts to ensure fair housing by introducing a premium on license fees for brokers and real estate agents. This measure will add a $ 30 commission for a broker license and $ 10 for a real estate license. The money will go towards testing and monitoring discrimination.
“We must work as a nation to overcome historic patterns of discrimination and segregation,” said MP Stephen Zimbrowitz, chairman of the House committee. “By creating a commitment to affirmatively promote fair housing for all government agencies and communities that govern housing programs and laws, New York will no longer engage in harmful and discriminatory practices, but will instead actively seek to create more diverse and inclusive communities.”