Tenants with Disabilities

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Can a Landlord Ask whether I Have a Disability?

A landlord cannot inquire about the physical or emotional disabilities of a tenant. The landlord must treat all perspective tenants the same no matter what disability each might have.  A potential tenant is not required to discuss the extent of his injuries to the landlord. 

Does the Landlord Have to Provide Adequate Accommodations?

Landlord's have a duty to provide reasonable accommodations to tenants with disabilities.  These reasonable accommodations can include structures such as parking spaces and wheelchair access.  However, landlords are not required to substantially impair their ability to do business. 

Can a Tenant Make Modifications to the Living Space?

A tenant is entitled to make reasonable modifications to his living space.  The landlord can request what types of modifications are going to be made.  A landlord also has a right to verify that proper permits and workers are being used.  When a tenant leaves he may be required to restore the living unit to its original condition.  Reasonable modifications include: 

Should the Landlord or Tenant Pay for the Modifications?

The landlord should pay for reasonable accommodations on the premises. However, the tenant is usually required to pay for modifications in his own living space.  A landlord and tenant should discuss what items both feel are reasonable and who should be responsible for payment. 

Should I Consult an Attorney?

Landlord-tenant law is difficult and confusing.  An experienced landlord-tenant lawyercan help you work with your landlord to make reasonable accommodations or modifications.  If your landlord is unwilling to make reasonable accommodations a landlord-tenant attorney can help you sue the landlord in court.

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Last Modified: 04-13-2011 04:48 PM PDT

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