The Fair Housing Act’s protection against disability discrimination covers not only tenants and home seekers with disabilities but also buyers and renters without disabilities who live or are associated with individuals with disabilities. The Act also prohibits housing providers from refusing residency to persons with disabilities, or placing conditions on their residency, because they require reasonable accommodations.
What is a reasonable accommodation?
A reasonable accommodation is a change, adaptation or modification to a policy, program, service, or workplace which will allow a qualified person with a disability to participate fully in a program, take advantage of a service, or perform a job. Reasonable accommodations may include, for example, those which are necessary in order for the person with a disability to use and enjoy a dwelling, including public and common use spaces. Since persons with disabilities may have special needs due to their disabilities, in some cases, simply treating them exactly the same as others may not ensure that they have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.
In order to show that a requested accommodation may be necessary, there must be an identifiable relationship, or nexus, between the requested accommodation and the individual's disability. Whether a particular accommodation is reasonable depends on a variety of factors and must be decided on a case-by-case basis.
When should an individual request an accommodation?
An individual with a disability should request an accommodation as soon as it appears that the accommodation is needed. However, requests may be made at any time. For example, requests may be made when an individual is applying for housing, entering into a lease, or occupying housing. Individuals who become disabled during their tenancy may request accommodations, even if they were not disabled when they signed their leases.
Please contact your Property Manager or Housing Specialist if you require further information
Riverside Office (Property Management) 995 Riverside Street Ventura, CA 93001 Phone: (805) 648-5008 Fax: (805) 643-7984
Snapdragon Office (Section 8/HCV) 11122 Snapdragon Street Suite 100, Ventura CA 93004 Phone: (805) 647-5990 Fax: (805) 647-4691