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January 1, Vegan NYC Landlord Forbids Tenants From Cooking Meat



A vegan landlord in New York City has introduced an unconventional rule for potential tenants of his Fort Greene, Brooklyn apartments: no cooking meat or fish. The landlord, Michal Arieh Lerer, reportedly doesn’t want the smell of non-plant-based food items lingering in his building.

The meat-ban stipulation was mentioned in the online listing of two upmarket one-bedroom apartments currently available for rent in the building. Lerer was described in the listing as a “wonderful vegan landlord” who resides in the same building.

Broker Andrea Kelly from Douglas Elliman relayed the rule to prospective tenants during an open house. “It’s not vegetarian-only, but the owner lives in the building and doesn’t want the smell of cooking meat drifting upstairs,” she explained.

Though tenants are prohibited from cooking meat or fish in the apartment, they are still allowed to order such dishes for delivery or takeout. The apartments, located at 90 South Oxford Street, are currently listed for $4,500 and $5,750.

Lerer and the broker declined to comment further on the unusual rule when approached by The Post. The rule has surprised locals, some of whom question its legality.

Under New York’s Human Rights Law, landlords are prohibited from discriminating against prospective tenants based on 14 characteristics, including age, race, and sexual orientation. Dietary preference is not included in this list.

The original listing with the “no meat/fish in the building” rule has been removed from the site, but the listings without the rule are still viewable on the real estate agent’s website. It’s unclear how many potential renters have viewed the apartments or whether they have already been rented out.




  1. Gerald Scott Ladd

    June 22, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    gutfuck is all wet on this one!

  2. Nate

    June 22, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Vegan Landlords can suck my cucumber!

  3. john

    June 22, 2023 at 8:54 pm

    I may be completely wrong because I don’t live in NYC — thank god — but don’t rent controlled apartments have a limit per year that rent can be raised? However, if you’re renting to a new tenant, you can rent it at the current market rate and once the renter is residing there, the rent controls go into effect. So how do you get the current market value of your apartments? You make it impossible for your tenants to adhere to your rules and regulations. No meat or fish cooking in the building. Right. he would have turned the hot water off, but couldn’t

  4. Stephen

    June 22, 2023 at 9:06 pm

    If there were an overabundance of rentals available elsewhere competition would stop vegan landlords from banning the cooking of meat. When there is a shortage of rentals tenants are at the mercy of landlords and their unreasonable rules. I think it should be illegal to ban the cooking of meat in an apartment one rents especially when housing is at a premium.

  5. LMB

    June 22, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    Here we go again with these WOKE Vegans pushing their life philosophy on others!! I see a boycott with some people out front of building!!!

  6. Recce

    June 23, 2023 at 2:27 am

    I’d love to see someone consume traditional Korean Kimchee and Asian durian fruit in his apartment complex. That’d likely get his attention.

  7. Neta Rice

    June 23, 2023 at 6:29 am

    Thank the good Lord we have choices and don’t have to live under this non-person’s thumb. Hope his apartment building gets empty fast.

  8. Dave Wollenberg

    June 23, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    It’s none of his danged business, what his tenants want to cook!

  9. John Crosby

    June 27, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    I would live in a democrap run city to start with especially new yoak

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