Lambda Legal filed a complaint Wednesday against a New York City landlord for refusing to add lesbian tenant Dava Weinstein’s spouse Dorothy Calvani to her rent-stabilized lease as is required by state and city law.
“Dorothy and Dava have been each other’s family for nearly four decades and are legally married. The New York rent-stabilization laws clearly guarantee their right to ensure housing security by having a spouse’s name added to a rent-stabilized or rent-controlled lease. The landlord’s outright refusal to recognize Dava’s marriage to Dorothy is outrageous and violates New York State and City laws,” said Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation for Lambda Legal. Just last year, Lambda Legal represented a Harlem couple whose landlord refused to add a tenant’s same-sex spouse to the lease. “How many New York same-sex couples will have to take their landlords to court before landlords stop illegally refusing to add same-sex spouses to rent-stabilized or rent-controlled leases?”
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