The Westchester County Fair Housing Law requires Cooperative Housing Corporations in Westchester County to adhere to certain time frames and report rejections to the Westchester County Human Rights Commission. On Aug. 1, 2021, new provisions relating to Cooperative Housing Disclosure will go into effect. Review the full language and requirements of this provision.

Application requirements
Applications for the purchase of cooperative shares must include a cover sheet providing notice in 12-point font regarding:

  • The protected classes of the Fair Housing Law; and
  • The deadlines and requirements imposed by the Fair Housing Law for receipt, review and rejections of application.
  • Note that specific required language is detailed in Section 700.21-a of the Fair Housing Law.

Applications must now also disclose:

  • The Cooperative Board’s minimum financial qualifications to purchase cooperative shares; or,
  • If no such minimum financial qualifications exist, the Cooperative Board’s preferred minimum financial qualifications.

Rejection notice requirements
Cooperative Boards must use the model form promulgated by the Commission to inform applications of their rejection. The rejection notice must contain, among other things, the following information:

  • The full legal name and address of the Cooperative
  • Names, addresses, and contact information for all persons involved with the sale
  • The reason for the rejection

Review the model rejection form

Deadlines

  • Within 15 days of receiving an application, Cooperative Boards must either acknowledge receipt of a completed application, or notify applicants of any defects, and provide them with an opportunity to correct said defects.
  • Once it has received a completed application, Cooperative Boards have 60 days to approve or reject the application.
  • Within 15 days of providing a rejection notice to an applicant, Cooperative Boards must send a copy of the rejection notice to the Commission via First Class mail or electronic mail.

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Non-Compliance fines
Non-compliance with any provision of the Cooperative Housing Disclosure Law may result in the following fines:

  • $1,000 for the first offense
  • $1,500 for the second offense
  • $2,000 for all subsequent offenses

The above general guidance:

  • is not binding
  • is not to be used in any litigation or proceeding
  • does not constitute legal advice