As rents rise and the eviction moratorium is about to expire, tenants across New York City have every right to fear. Now StreetEasy, an app that lists properties and links principles to landlords, has introduced a new feature that helps New Yorkers know their rights as tenants and report incidents of discrimination.
“Our goal is to make it easier for all New Yorkers to buy a new home, no matter how they pay for that home,” said Caroline Burton, Vice President and CEO of StreetEasy.
According to StreetEasy, up to 26% of tenants in New York do not fully know their rights. The site aims to change this situation by making these rights understandable, easy to find in their application, and available to everyone.
Another important purpose of the app is to enable New Yorkers to report income discrimination against homeowners. Lower rents and higher inventory levels mean that the number of homes available to Title 8 voucher holders has doubled. Section 8 vouchers issued by the Public Housing Authority mean that the government pays most of the rent and utility costs and allows low-income residents to find suitable homes; Discrimination against voucher holders has been banned in New York since 2009. However, very few people know about this.
“Housing is a human right, but too many low-income New Yorkers are struggling to find housing,” said Alyssa Aguilera, co-executive director of VOCAL-NY, a grassroots social justice organization. “This new tool from StreetEasy will help spread awareness that the source of income discrimination is illegal, and we hope it will help homeless New Yorkers find the home they deserve.”
For more information visit streeteasy.com…