Frequently Asked Questions

Does a landlord have the right to ask questions regarding a person's disabilities?

No, housing providers may not inquire about the existence, nature or severity of any physical or mental impairment, nor require proof that the applicant is “capable of independent living.”

Who is responsible for the expense of a modification needed by a disabled person?

It is unlawful to refuse a person with disabilities permission to make reasonable modifications to the premises at his/her expense if such modifications are necessary to allow full use of the premises. Under certain circumstances, the landlord/owner may be responsible for the cost of accessibility modifications.

Are there requirements for new construction in housing?

Yes, new multifamily housing (including public housing) must be designed and constructed to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

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