Important Information For Tenants with Disabilities
By Nick Awad
Published May 15, 2022
Navigating the world of renting is always a challenge. Affordable and accessible housing is a core component of independent living in America. Still, persons with disabilities face insurmountable odds at times of finding housing that can accommodate them. So what rights do tenants have when advocating for accessible accommodations in housing? We review the rights of tenants in reasonable accommodation and housing.
Tenants have the right to be free from discrimination
Tenants have the right to not face discrimination on the basis of their disability. This is in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Disabilities in this context include but are not limited to:
- Mobility impairments
- Audio/Visual impairments
- Mental illness
- Chronic alcoholism (so long as there is treatment involved)
- Intellectual Disability
Discrimination is defined as the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, including disability.
Tom, who uses a wheelchair, wants to rent an apartment but finds that the parking lot [...]