Effective Immediately: “Lawful Source of Income” is a protected class in New York State
On April 12, the “Lawful Source of Income Non-Discrimination Act of 2019” was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The new law is effective immediately and adds “lawful source of income”, as a protected class for the sale or lease of any real property. This new law impacts the entire state and those areas that currently have lawful source of income laws at the local level. New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Erie, Syracuse, Hamburg, West Seneca must now comply with the state law. The provisions of the local law that are less restrictive are no longer enforceable, but the more restrictive provisions may still be enforced through pre-emption.