A Definitive Guide to Rental Housing Rights For Disabled Tenants

disabled tenantsAs specified under Federal Law (the Fair Housing Act), disabled tenants or prospective tenants have the right to live in rental apartments regardless of their impairment. The law was enacted to ensure equal treatment of disabled people living in the U.S. According to the law, if a rental service provider discriminates between able-bodied and disabled individuals, they stand guilty of violating the law. Whether you are looking for a Windmill apartment for rent or just want to know more about your rights as a disabled tenant, this blog post outlines disabled tenants rights to protect you and your loved ones from any discrimination or harassment when renting an apartment.

Who qualifies as a disabled tenant?

The Fair Housing Act uses the term ‘handicap’ instead of ‘disability’. According to the Act, the term handicap means  an individual’s physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities. The term physical and mental impairments includes, but is not limited to, diseases and conditions, such as cosmetic disfigurement, neurological, special sense organs, respiratory, genito urinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine, mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, specific learning disabilities, autism, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cancer, drug addiction, emotional illness, HIV infection, and alcoholism.

Rights of Disabled Tenants

Protection Against Discrimination

A housing service provider can’t refuse letting-out a unit to a person, solely on the basis of their disability. Refusing a rental unit to an otherwise qualified individual is a violation of the Fair Housing Act. In addition, a rental housing provider can’t impose different application or qualification criteria, or rental terms and conditions, on a disabled tenant that are not applicable to their able-bodied counterparts.

Reasonable Accommodation

By feasible accommodation, the law implies easing out rules, policies, practices, or services of a housing unit to provide equal opportunities for disabled tenants to use and enjoy a housing unit or common spaces. The property owner should ensure reasonable accommodation to disabled tenants at every stage of renting, from filing out an application to eviction. For example, a disabled tenant can ask for reserved parking space infront of their housing unit, even though all parking areas are unreserved.

Reasonable Modifications

Reasonable modification in a rental housing unit entail allowing a person with disability to move freely within and around the building. To aid easy mobility, the building structure should include a ramp, low entry thresholds, and grab bars in the bathroom. Though reasonable modifications to the structure are usually made at the resident’s expense, financial resources are available for funding building modification.

Easy Accessibility

Rental properties consisting of more than 4 or more units and built after March 13, 1991, must comply with following design requirements stipulated under the Fair Housing Act.

  • Accessible entrance
  • Feasible doors
  • Accessible route to and fro the unit
  • Reinforced walls in bathrooms
  • User-friendly kitchens and bathrooms

Wrapping up

If you are looking for accommodation in San Angelo, whether Windmill apartments for rent or any other option, knowing your rights as a tenant protects your from potential discrimination, among other benefits. Kington Properties’ Windmill rental properties in San Angelo, TX comply with the Fair House Act and provides all the right amenities to ensure your comfort and convenience.  Should you wish to learn more about our provisions for disabled in Windmill park Apartments in San Angelo, feel free to call us at (325) 949-5235, or fill out our contact form, and we will get back to you, shortly.

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