Under the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for any person to refuse making reasonable accommodations that would prevent individuals with disabilities from having equal opportunity to reside in and enjoy a rental unit, including the use of common and public areas, as a non-disabled individual would.
Examples of Reasonable Accommodation
- Providing a person with mobility issues a designated parking space near his or her apartment upon request, versus insisting he or she comply with a first come, first serve parking policy.
- Allowing a tenant’s live-in aide to move into his or her apartment, and allow the aide to have equal opportunity for use of the unit if an accommodation is request.
- Allowing a tenant’s family member or hired assistant to use the laundry room reserved for tenants, if the tenant requires assistance doing laundry.
- Permitting a blind or disabled individual to have a service dog, even if the apartment complex has a “no pets” policy, to allow him or her the ability for equal opportunity for use and enjoyment of their apartment.
- Allowing a current tenant who has become disabled to move to a first-floor apartment or one that has access to an elevator if available. If such a unit isn’t available, then the resident should be permitted to break his or her lease without penalty.
The Fair Housing Act protects the rights of individuals with disabilities and people with mobility issues. Under the FHA, it is reasonable to request accommodations based on your physical or cognitive needs. You cannot be denied housing or financially penalized for requesting accommodations.
Arizona Equal Housing Opportunity
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