A landlord in Brooklyn, New York, has sparked outrage after implementing a ban on cooking meat or fish in her rental properties. Here’s the full story.
Meat Is off the Menu
The vegan landlord, who owns two apartments costing $4,500 and $5,750 in the neighborhood of Brooklyn, reportedly wants to prevent the smell of non-vegan dishes from permeating upstairs.
Controversy Over Culinary Choices
The decision by the vegan landlord to prohibit tenants from cooking meat or fish has triggered a wave of criticism and backlash.
The Public Challenged the Restrictions
People argue that imposing restrictions on what tenants can cook infringes on personal choices and individual rights.
Neighbors Shared Their Opinions
Corey, a nearby building superintendent, expressed his discontent, stating that it is not right to dictate people’s dietary preferences.
Is It Even Legal?
Other neighbors, like Scott Fu, found the ban perplexing and questioned whether it was legally enforceable.
While the ban has sparked outrage, it remains unclear whether the landlord’s actions are legally permissible.
The New York Law
Under New York’s Human Rights Law, landlords are prohibited from considering certain characteristics when determining the suitability of potential tenants.
Consideration for Those With Medical Condition
However, some legal experts suggest that the meat ban might be permissible unless an exception is made for tenants with specific medical conditions that require reasonable accommodation.
The Ban Could Be Challenged
Lucas Ferrara, an adjunct professor at New York Law School, explained that a tenant could potentially challenge the meat ban if they can demonstrate a medical condition that necessitates reasonable accommodation from the landlord.
Without such an exception, the restriction might fall within the bounds of permissibility.
This Has Happened Before
This is not the first instance where veganism and rental accommodations have clashed.
In 2019, a house in Australia was advertised exclusively for vegan tenants, with a strict prohibition on non-vegan food.
Such cases raise questions about discrimination and whether landlords can impose dietary restrictions on potential tenants.
The Landlord’s Ex-Husband Defends Her
The vegan landlord’s ex-husband, Motti, who co-owns the building, defended the ban, arguing that it is not about discrimination but about finding tenants who align with the building’s ethos.
Motti emphasizes the need for tenants to fit into the overall dynamics of the property.
Infringement Upon Personal Choice
However, social media users argue that imposing dietary restrictions as a rental criterion raises concerns about potential discrimination and infringement upon personal choices.
Several Twitter users shared their thoughts on the incident.
Even Tomatoes Smell Like Steak!
One user joked, “Wait till you see their faces when you say the steak smell is from the tomatoes.”
Creating an Odor-Free Haven
Another user commented, “Suit anyone who doesn’t like the smells of meat and fish cooking. Filling a niche market makes good business sense.”
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