Landlord Must Lay Down Lobby Floor Mats for Mobility-Impaired Tenant

LVT Number: #30948

Rent-stabilized tenant and the NY State Division of Human Rights (DHR) sued landlord for disability discrimination. They claimed this was based on landlord's denial of tenant's request for a reasonable accommodation to lay down permanent mats across the building lobby so that she could enter and exit the building safely while using her forearm crutches. At one time, before landlord replaced the former wood flooring in the lobby with ceramic floors, landlord had removed mats previously laid down in the lobby and tenant had slipped and been injured.

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NY State Div. of Human Rights v. Cooper Square Realty, Inc.: Index No. 450486/2013, 2020 NY Slip Op 32730(U)(Sup. Ct. NY; 8/19/20; Goetz, J)