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Simi Valley Landlords: What is ‘Reasonable Accommodation’ for Disabled Residents?

A Beautiful Single Level Home with Reasonable Accommodations for a Disabled Resident in Simi ValleyTaking care of a rental property is not the only responsibility a landlord has. As a Simi Valley landlord with a single-family residence, you must comply with the Federal Fair Housing Act’s requirement to allow ‘reasonable accommodations’ not only to disabled residents but also to residents who live with or are associated with disabled individuals. You may wonder what is ‘reasonable accommodation’ and what would ‘unreasonable’ be?

To begin with, ‘reasonable accommodation’ may be for the physical elements of the rental home, and might include basic modifications, such as lowering towel bars and light switches, or a smoke alarm that has flashing lights in addition to an audible alarm. Additionally, the resident would pay for both the installation and removal of these accommodations. It is a request to make an accommodation or a change in rules, policies, practices, or procedures to allow an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a unit. For example, waiving a no pets policy for an individual with a disability who requires an assistance animal because of their disability is a reasonable accommodation.

Now let’s look at an example of what might be considered ‘unreasonable.’ One of the key considerations in this respect is whether the accommodation would impose hardship on you as a housing provider. For example, suppose you own a two-story single-family rental house and receive a request that you install an elevator for a person with a physical disability. This could be denied as it would require major construction and cost a great deal.

An unreasonable accommodation request could appear on the administrative side as well. Suppose you own a single-family residence and receive a request from a potential resident with a mental impairment to call them each morning and evening to remind them to turn the exterior lights on at night and off in the morning. This could be considered unreasonable and you as a landlord could deny this request.

Real Property Management Ventura County is well-versed in the Fair Housing Act requirements and how they apply to you as a Simi Valley landlord with a single-family residence. We can help you navigate these requirements to ensure that you are in compliance when renting to individuals with disabilities. Would you like to learn more? Please contact us online or call us at 805-387-3682 for more information.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.