Excluding Minors from SROs Promotes Legitimate Interest

February 1, 2009
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Facts: A New York City resident who occupied two single room occupancy (SRO) units with her minor children challenged a local ordinance prohibiting children under 16 from occupying SROs, arguing that the restriction violates the Fair Housing Act. She sued the City of New York on the ground that the restriction constitutes discrimination on the basis of familial status.

Decision: The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled for the City of New York.

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