Laws For Handicapped Renting

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Laws For Handicapped Renting


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Handicapped people have equal rights when it comes to renting a house or a flat. They cannot be discriminated and denied their basic housing rights. Under the federal Fair Housing Act and Fair Housing Amendments Act, a person with mental or physical disability; a previous record of disability; or a person who is considered having a disability are protected and have rights as any other normal tenant.

Any person suffering from the following is directly protected under the federal law:

  • Mobility problems
  • Visual and hearing disability
  • Mental retardation
  • Drug and alcohol addiction (provided they are undertaking a recovery program)
  • HIV and AIDS related diseases

A landlord cannot directly question the person and enquire about his/her medical records. They should be treated equally without any discrimination. Nevertheless, the landlord can ask him/her basic questions like whether the person will be able to pay the rent on time, ask the prospective tenant whether he/she qualifies for rental unit for disabled people, whether the person is addicted to substances that are not legal under law, etc.

The disabled person can ask the landlord for specific modifications to suit his/her demands. Asking for a larger parking space to accommodate wheelchairs, mailing the rent due to physical inability of delivering it in the rental office, etc. are some reasonable demands, which the tenant can make. Making unreasonable demands or demands that are not related to the disability is not permissible. If any particular modification inside the house is necessary, the landlord may give consent provided the tenant restores the house to its original state before leaving the place. The tenant has to submit or show a certificate of disability to establish foolproof evidence.

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