Wife of lesbian tenant denied name on lease despite New York Marriage Equality Act

Lesbian partner denied name on lease despite New York Marriage Equality ActBY TheSeattleLesbian.com

In a demand letter released Wednesday, Lambda Legal urged DSA Management, Inc., a New York City-based management company, and Nicholas Place LLC, the building owner, to add the wife of lesbian tenant, Regina Hawkins-Balducci, to her rent-stabilized lease in accordance with State and City law.

“Today we are putting DSA and other New York State apartment management companies, landlords and building owners on notice: New York same-sex spouses must be treated equally under the laws of New York,” said Natalie Chin, Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal. “The New York rent-stabilization laws are clear: tenants have a right to ensure housing security for a spouse by having their spouse’s name added to a rent-stabilized or rent-controlled lease. DSA Management and Nicholas Place LLC responded with insults, harassment and an outright refusal to recognize Regina’s marriage to her spouse. This conduct is both outrageous and in violation of New York State and City laws.”

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