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The federal Fair Housing Act requires that landlord make "reasonable accommodations" for tenants with disabilities. If the landlord cannot make the physical/structural changes necessary to accommodate your disability, then you may have a right to terminate the lease early without further obligation.
You should first make a written request for the landlord to accommodate you by taking specified steps (e.g. build a wheelchair ramp). In the alternative, you can ask that you be released from the lease based on the landlord's inability to so accommodate you.
If the request is "reasonable", the landlord has to grant it. In determining whether it is "reasonable" or not, the court looks at the following factors:
In determining reasonableness, the landlord may consider the following: (a) the likelihood of filling the vacancy given vacancy rates in the area/building; (b) any particular characteristics of the dwelling that make it desirable or undesirable; (c) the amount of time remaining on the lease term; (d) the size of the owner’s business; and (e) the owner’s overall resources.
Thank you so much!!! All they have to do is widen every door way for my wheelchair, put in a ramp and a handicapped toilet, fix the shower!I am guessing that is NOT going to happen.
Again, your request should be in writing and should be hand delivered or, better, mailed via Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested so that you can prove they received it.
ok and thank you again.
You are welcome. Good luck.
we will do this. Have a wonderful day!!
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