The Fair Housing Act (FHA) is in place to help protect disabled renters from discrimination, as well as to give them certain rights and accommodations they may need to enjoy their homes. In other words, this law is in place to ensure that persons with disabilities do not face discrimination because of their disabilities when it comes to where they live.
There are certain things a landlord must do according to the law to accommodate a disabled renter. For example, a landlord cannot deny your rental application based on accommodations you may need, such as a guide dog in a no-pet apartment complex. A landlord must also allow you to make reasonable changes to your apartment. If you need a grab bar in the bathroom, for example, a landlord cannot keep you from installing one. Even before you rent, a landlord must tell you about all vacancies in the building, and not just the accessible ones. It is then up to you to decide whether you would like to look at only the accessible units or not.
The Fair Housing Act also protects your privacy and equality as a disabled renter. For example, it is illegal for a landlord to question you about your disability, or disclose information about your disability to other tenants. It is also illegal for a landlord to require independent living or refuse your application because the building does not have accessible features, or put you in a unit in a certain unit to “hide” you from other tenants or potential tenants.
If you feel you have been discriminated against, the Arizona Department of Housing can give you additional information about the Fair Housing Act, and offer additional resources or support. The Arizona Department of Housing can also provide more details about the law, and how to use it to protect yourself.
Power Mobility & Lifts is happy to answer any questions you have about your housing rights as a disabled renter or to offer expert advice for your ease and convenience.