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What do you do when where you live is not handicapp friendly, but you were not disabled when you moved in.

The Home Association tells me that it was not built to accomodate handicap, or disabled people. I think it is unfair as to fair housing. If they allow you to move in under Section 8 and accept those criterias then I feel they need to start changing some of there rules and regulations. No handicap parking, no sidewalk ramps to come down on if your in a wheelchair, nothing to accomodate handicaps & disabled even if they were to come & visit friends, relatives.
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I hear you.... I moved here 3 years ago I am 47 years old now walk with a cain due to a non-union Osteotomy of my right femor and on april 26th had my c4 c5 c6 vertabrae in my neck fused without insurance and not only will the not help me with the 6 stairs on my front deck they want to evict us

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I have health issues and must live in a first floor apartment. I am in No. California. There is a noise issue upstairs from a child who pounds and hurls himself onto the floor. I need to move as it has become intolerable. My apt. location works well for my needs and is very accessible. The mgt. has asked them on several occasions to curtail the noise which is compounded by bad subflooring. They renewed their lease. They seem to protect children and dismiss the noise nuisance. It is so disturbing that another neighbor had previously complained to the rental office. My guests have commented. The joists crack when they hurl from furniture onto the floor, etc.

There is a vacant apt. here that is also accessible; no stairs, etc. I was told if I was interested I would need to take it over in 10 days which I cannot physically do. With people helping me, I need a 3-4 weeks. I am unable to stand very long. They do not seem to comprehend that I am moving solely due to the noise issue. And that the physical burden and costs of the move fall on me. They also do not seem to validate the disability requiring more flexibility/accommodation in time. It looks like I am protected under Fair Housing from the prior posts. My current lease needs to be addressed now and I would appreciate knowing how to best deal with negotiating an accommodation of time without financial penalties. Thank you.

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Amanda  Nicodemus
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If you are handicapped now, the landlord/management company should make appropriate accommodations for you. Under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).

If they are not complying, I would send a letter to the Section 8 housing authority.

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In my experience the landlord/owner must allow you to make modifications to accommodate your needs. 'Reasonable Accommodation' -

Fair housing laws protect people with disabilities from discrimination in the rental, sale, or financing of housing (for other protections, see a previous post on fair housing issues). Discrimination against persons with disabilities may include a refusal to make reasonable accommodations, which are changes or exceptions to rules, policies, practices, or services when those accommodations may be necessary to afford someone an equal opportunity to use and enjoy his or her home. These accommodations assist a resident or applicant with a disability to take full advantage of a housing program or dwelling.

For the request to be reasonable, the person must meet the definition of disability under law and be able to show that the request is needed to assist the person in assisting, coping or dealing with his or her disability. Reasonable accommodations must be provided free of charge to a tenant or resident, but they also must not pose an undue financial or administrative burden on the housing provider. Housing providers must also allow reasonable modifications, which are alterations to physical premises to allow a person with a disability to use and enjoy the unit, but these are generally the financial responsibility of the tenant unless the property is federally subsidized.

Reasonable accommodations might include, but are not limited to:

Allowing a tenant who can no longer use an apartment due to diminishing health to terminate a lease early without incurring a penalty;
Permitting a service, assistive, therapeutic or companion animal in a community where pets are generally not allowed or waiving any pet deposit or rent for such animal;

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Transferring a resident in a ground-floor unit;
Waiving certain guest rules or fees to permit a personal care attendant to live with a resident;
Designating an accessible parking space; or
Changing the way a housing provider communicates with a tenant, such as increasing the font size of typed documents or providing alternative notices regarding rent being due.
Housing providers frequently confuse the reasonable accommodations requirement under fair housing laws with other provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under ADA guidance recently implemented by the U.S. Department of Justice, service animal is defined as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of the ADA. The general public is often unaware that ADA applies to areas of public accommodation only and not housing situations. But make no mistake: fair housing laws take an expansive view of service animals because such laws address housing situations where a person s needs are different than in areas of public access. For those who meet the definition of disability under law and need such animals for their disability, the animals are not considered pets. Therefore, they have no species or size restrictions and no special animal training requirements. They can be allowed as long as community rules are abided.

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