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example, setting a limit of two persons per bedrom would likely be considered reasonable, but

requiring each child to have their own bedroom ould be considered discriminatory. A landlord

can set an occupancy limit as long as such poly does not have a disparate impact on families

with

children

so

as

to

constitute

discrimtion

on

the

basis

of

familial

status.

Occupancy

policies which are used to exclude families with children or unreasonable limit a family's access

to housing, may constitute a violation of state and federal fair housing laws.

I am disabled and looking for rental housing. I am having a difficult time finding housing. Can the fair housing law help me?

Persons with disabilities must be given reasonable accommodations in regard to rules,

policies,

practices

or

services.

A

tenant

or

plicant

must

request

that the

landlord

make

the

necessary

accommodations.

The

tenant

may

requested

to

provide

a

doctor's

statement

indicating

that

the

accommodation

is

necessary.

The

tenant

does

not

have

to

supply

medical

records. To be entitled to an accommodation due todisability the tenant must have a physical or

mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities. This protected

class includes those who have a disability, havea history of having a disability, and those who

are regarded as having a disability. It is prohibited, as discriminatory, for a landlord to refuse to

make a reasonable accommodation in rules, ies,ic practices or services when such an

accommodation is necessary to afford a person witha disability the equal opportunity to use and

enjoy a dwelling. Examples of reasonable acc mmodations include a landlord waiving a no pet

rule for a tenant who needs to use an assistive animal and reserving parking place close to

accessible apartments for mobility impaired tenants.

I am a landlord how can I determine if my tenant is disabled and entitled to a reasonable accommodation?

A tenant or potential tenantis considered disabled and covered by the fair housing act if

they or someone in their household:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment (including hearing, mobility and visual impairments, mental illness, AIDS, AIDS related complex, or mental retardation) that substantially limits one or more major life

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