ECBAWM Wins Groundbreaking Federal Court Decision to End Discrimination Against Renters with Housing Vouchers by Large New York Landlord

  • October 9, 2023

ECBAWM attorneys Diane L. Houk and David Berman obtained a liability order and a nearly $1 million judgment against the operators of Goldfarb Properties, a large New York City and Westchester County landlord. The decision by Southern District of New York federal Judge Edgardo Ramos issued on September 29, 2023, found the company’s use of minimum income requirements to violate both the federal Fair Housing Act and New York City Human Rights Law. In addition to ordering compensatory and punitive damages for ECBAWM’s client, the Fair Housing Justice Center, Judge Ramos issued a detailed five-year injunction order requiring Goldfarb Properties not to apply minimum income requirements to applicants with rental vouchers, not to impose minimum waiting periods for rejected applicants to reapply, and to take affirmative steps to prevent future discrimination such as adopting written anti-discrimination policies and providing training for its employees.

Injunction Order
Full Opinion
Statement from Fair Housing Justice Center