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Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act:


One type of disability discrimination prohibited by the Act is the refusal to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services when such accommodations are necessary to afford a person with a disability the equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. 

The Fair Housing Act’s protection against disability discrimination covers not only tenants and home seekers with disabilities but also buyers and renters without disabilities who live or are associated with individuals with disabilities. The Act also prohibits housing providers from refusing residency to persons with disabilities, or placing conditions on their residency, because they require reasonable accommodations.  Since rules, policies, practices, and services may have a different effect on persons with disabilities than on others, treating persons with disabilities exactly the same as others will sometimes deny them an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.

Recent Fair Housing Cases on Reasonable Accommodations

HUD Charges Santa FE, New Mexico, Property Owner  With Discriminating Against Tenant With Disabilities, (Emotional Support Animal and live in aide May 4, 2015)

HUD Charges Brooklyn Co-Op With Discriminating Against Disabled Veteran (Emotional Support Animal January 9, 2015)

HUD Finds that Puerto Rico Condo Association Discriminated against Resident with Disabilities (Emotional Support Animal November 12, 2014)

HUD Charges Kent State University with Housing Discrimination for Refusing to Allow Support Animal in Campus Housing (Emotional Support Animal August 19, 2014)

HUD Settles Claims Alleging Owner of Dekalb Apartment Complex Discriminated against Persons with Disabilities (Ground Floor Apartment and Live in Aide November 3, 2014)

HUD charges the Owners of an Apartment Complex in San Francisco with Discrimination (Emotional Support Animal September 30, 2014

HUD charges New Hampshire Owners and management Company for Denying a Parking Space (Assigned Parking Space September 24, 2014)



Community and You




This online tool will help community advocates: broaden children s social networks by creating opportunities for interaction across racial and ethnic lines; contribute to greater tolerance, fair-mindedness and openness; and prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or disability.

The AFFH rule fulfills a long-standing obligation under the Fair Housing Act for HUD-funded recipients to take affirmative steps to dismantle historic patterns of segregation and eliminate disparities in access to opportunity regardless of protected class. AFFH is built on the fundamental ideal that the doors of opportunity should be open to everyone.