Reasonable accommodations are a change, exception or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice or service that is necessary for a person with a disability to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.
Reasonable accommodations require that a person has a disability and that there is a nexus between a person’s disability-related symptom(s) and the reasonable accommodation.
Commonly requested reasonable accommodations include:
- Limited mobility requiring an assigned parking space
- Difficulty seeing requiring a service animal
- Difficulty regulating emotions requiring an emotional support animal
- Difficulty with decision-making requires that communications are in writing and/or copied to a representative
- Difficulty with changes to the day-to-day schedule requires 48-hour written notice before other parties enter the unit
- Receipt of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) requires a later rent due date
Reasonable modifications are a structural change made to existing premises, occupied or to be occupied by a person with a disability to provide full enjoyment of the dwelling.
Reasonable modifications require that a person has a disability and that there is a nexus between a person’s disability-related symptom(s) and the reasonable modification.
Commonly requested reasonable modifications include:
- Wheelchair user requiring that an entrance with steps is ramped
- Limited mobility requiring a tub cut
- Limited use of hands requiring lever door handles
- Limited upper body strength requiring automatic doors
In private housing that does not receive federal funds, the housing provider must permit the modification to be installed at the household’s expense.