Reasonable Accommodation

Arizona Owner Fails to Fulfill Reasonable Accommodation Involving Notices


HUD recently announced that it has approved a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreementbetween the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, in Mesa, Ariz., and one of its residents who has a mental health disability. Under the agreement, the housing authority will pay $10,000 to the tenant and provide fair housing training for its employees who work with the public. The housing authority will also vacate the tenant’s eviction and waive the $3,516 eviction judgment that had been entered against her.

Phil Querin Q&A: Medical Marijuana And Reasonable Accommodations Laws In Oregon


Question. We have an applicant applying for residency that has an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card, He has requested that he grow marijuana for his use and is asking for a reasonable accommodation to grow since our rules do not allow pot to be grown on the space. Does this qualify for a reasonable accommodation? If we make a reasonable accommodation is he still required to grow only the limited number of plants outlined in the ORS? Or can he grow as many as he wants? Can we require that the plants be grown in the back of the space?"




Phil Querin Q&A: Temporary Occupant and Fair Housing Accommodation


Question: A tenant has asked for her daughter to be on a temporary occupant agreement. The tenant has recently been in the hospital and has returned home. She has not said she needs a caregiver at this point in time. The daughter is 40 years old and has three large dogs. She has applied to be a temporary occupant and has said that she will bring her dogs and if the park says 'no' she will get her attorney. Does the temporary occupant have rights? The park has a small dog policy - her dogs are clearly in violation. At this point there has been no mention of disability or request for reasonable accommodation. What are the landlord's rights? We suspect that the tenant will eventually say she needs at caregiver and hence the need for her daughter. At that point, once she has said "disability" or "caregiver" what are the landlord's rights? Can he say no to the daughter in both circumstances or only in first before the word "disability" or "caregiver" is mentioned?





Phil Querin Q&A - ADA and Reasonable Accommodation in a Manufactured Home Community


Question No. 1. Our community recently had a rule that permitted street parking from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM). The rule was changed and now prohibits any street parking at any time. The reason for the new rule was due to the narrowness of the streets which prevented emergency vehicles clear access. The rule change passed with no objections. Since the adoption of the new rule we have had a handful of residents and their guests who refuse to follow the new policy and a few residents who have hinted that they need a reasonable accommodation.


The first reasonable accommodation request is from a resident who says it "inconvenient" for herself and her caretaker(s) to shuffle cars in the driveway. The driveway accommodates two vehicles. The resident has one car and the caretakers and they must park end-to-end. Since the caretakers alternate shifts, there are only two vehicles in the driveway at the same time.

One caretakers seems to abide by the rules but the other will not. The caretaker who refuses to follow the rule says she is handicapped and has a handicap parking permit. She says we must allow her to park on the street. Are we required to provide on-street parking spot for a nonresident, handicapped or not? If there are two spots available in the resident's driveway can they refuse to park in the driveway just because they don't want to move vehicles and say that's a reasonable accommodation?

Question No. 2. The other potential request for an accommodation is from a resident who only has room for one vehicle in her driveway because she installed a handicap ramp that took away her second parking spot. The resident parks in the driveway and the caretaker parks on the street in front of the house because it is more "convenient" than using the guest parking which is a little walk away.

If this resident requests a reasonable accommodation for her caretaker or herself to park on the street do we have to designate another street parking spot?

It seems like both these requests are for the benefit of the caretakers not the residents. Do we have to accommodate the non-resident caretakers, handicapped or not, because it's requested?


Mark Busch RV Q&A: Landlord Christmas Story

Question: We have an RV park with quite a few long-term tenants. Our problem tenant ("Kris") has been here for for what seems like ages. This time every year around the holidays, Kris has a whole group of elves stay with him for a couple of months and they never register as guests. He claims he needs a "reasonable accommodation" for them because he has a bad back and they help him do a lot of lifting. He also brings in a herd of reindeer (Kris doesn't have a pet agreement), and he parks a red sleigh on the street (where parking isn't allowed). What can we do?

Americans With Disabilities Claims (ADA) - Is There a Target on Your Back?

On July 26, 1990, President Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), The Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (the “1991 Regulations") were shortly thereafter developed to guide new construction and alterations undertaken by covered entities and established the minimum requirements for "accessibility" for disabled persons in buildings and facilities and in transportation vehicles. After more than twenty years, the Department of Justice implemented new regulations, which became mandatory in 2012 (the “2012 Regulations.”) Your state may have passed parallel laws, which could increase the protection of individuals with disabilities, e.g., the Unruh Act in California. However, this article focuses on Federal ADA compliance. Keep in mind that the ADA is a civil rights law, which addresses a number of subjects, but this article focuses on ac- cessibility (no longer called “handicap”) issues only.

Fair Housing and Developmental Disabilities

A well management community is essential to making life easier and more pleasant for management and residents. Here are 10 mistakes to avoid in the management of your community. Remember - a well managed community - good property management - results in happier residents, pride in the community, encourages resident referrals and discourages the need or desire for additional landlord-tenant legislation.

So - here are ten mistakes to avoid:

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