Reasonable accommodations and modifications
People with disabilities are protected under the Fair Housing Act. Your rights include requesting changes to rules, policies, practices, or services if those changes are necessary to enable your equal opportunity to use and enjoy your housing. Requests for these changes, called reasonable accommodations, are too often misunderstood and denied by housing providers.
Similarly, people with disabilities may need to make physical, structural changes in or around their units in order to fully enjoy housing. Requests for reasonable modifications must be permitted by housing providers under most circumstances.
Because every person with a disability has different needs, these cases are very fact specific. Hardiman Law can help you understand your fair housing rights and aid you in asserting them so you can get maximum benefit from your home.
Most newly constructed apartments and condominiums are supposed to meet basic, minimal accessibility standards that will allow people with disabilities to use and/or easily adapt features of the housing. Unfortunately, some housing complexes are designed and/or built in ways that don't fulfill these standards - these buildings are unusable and unwelcoming for people with disabilities. Hardiman Law can assess the built environment to determine if fair housing accessibility requirements may have been violated.
Unfounded stereotypes about people with physical and/or mental disabilities operate to block access to housing for people who otherwise qualify. Don't let a housing provider steer you towards housing because "you would be most comfortable there," or deny you because your source of income is related to your disability or because the landlord says the home is inaccessible. If you sense that you're being discriminated against in housing because of your disability, call Hardiman Law to find out your options.