3-29-21 CLIENT ALERT - Requirement To Notify Tenants Of Right To Request Reasonable Accommodation

Posted on March 30, 2021

The New York State Human Rights Law has been amended effective March 2, 2021 to require residential landlords to provide written notice to tenants and prospective tenants of their right to request reasonable modifications and accommodations if they have a disability. The law can be found at Human Rights Law 296.2-b and 296.18-a. The notice must be provided to existing tenants on or before April 1, 2021 and to new tenants within 30 days of the beginning of their tenancy. The law also provides that the notice must be conspicuously posted on vacant premises available for rent.

The New York State Division of Human Rights (“Division”) has not yet issued implementing regulations with respect to the law, but has published a sample notice that complies with the requirements of the law. The Division’s guidance and sample notice can be found at https://dhr.ny.gov/requirednotice. The Division’s sample notice provides examples of requests for accommodation and modification, as well as directions as to how to file a complaint.

For more information contact:

W. Stephen Tierney, Esq.

585-987-2839

STierney@woodsoviatt.com

John C. Nutter, Esq.

585-987-2857

JNutter@woodsoviatt.com

John C. Nutter