Better response needed to housing discrimination complaints

March 02, 2009 03:15PM

A study released this weekend by the Education Research Advocacy
Support to Eliminate Racism, a Syosset-based advocacy group, said that
brokers and federal, state and local government agencies do not act
aggressively on discrimination complaints or enforce fair housing laws
on Long Island. The previous report, issued in 2005, prompted Nassau
and Suffolk to issue new fair housing laws. This year’s report said
license revocations and more continuing education are necessary for
real estate professionals to combat discriminatory housing practices.
Real estate professionals were the defendants in 73 percent of the
housing race discrimination complaints made on Long Island between
2000 and 2007.

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