PROPERTY KRAMARSKY—PETITIONER V. STAHL MANAGEMENT—RESPONDENTS, Supreme Court of NY, Spec. Term, 1977. 92 Misc.2d 1030, 401 N.Y.S.2d 943. History: This is an Order to Show Cause for an order enjoining respondents from renting, selling, leasing this apartment to anyone other than petitioner until final determination of a complaint against Stahl Management now pending before State Division of Human Rights Facts: Pierce, divorced black woman, applied to live in a building run by Stahl Management; she was turned down b/c Mr. Stahl wanted someone more uneducated in the law b/c she knew about the new painting rulings; she claimed it was discrimination based on her race, sex and marital status Issue(s): Whether a landlord can choose not to rent to an individual based on issues other than race, creed, sex, religion, etc. Holding: Application denied and temporary restraining order vacated; nothing illegal about discriminating against lawyers as a group Analysis: Only restraints landlord has in choosing who he rents to is to not discriminate based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, or marital status Nothing illegal about discriminating against a group of lawyers Landlord has the right to be selective and reject a prospective tenant b/c of his/her failure to meet standards of acceptability other than those about race, etc.
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