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The Fair Housing Act, originally passed in 1968 as part of the Civil Rights Act and prohibiting housing discrimination on the basis of race, religion, etc., was amended on September 13, 1988 to also cover disability. As amended, the Act "prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin. Its coverage includes private housing, housing that receives Federal financial assistance, and State and local government housing." [1]

The Act mandates equal housing opportunities for people with disabilities and makes it unlawful to discriminate in any aspect of selling or renting housing. This might include making policy exceptions to allow service animals in a residence and allow tenants to make access-related modifications to their home. "The Act further requires that new multifamily housing with four or more units be designed and built to allow access for persons with disabilities. This includes accessible common use areas, doors that are wide enough for wheelchairs, kitchens and bathrooms that allow a person using a wheelchair to maneuver, and other adaptable features within the units." [2] [3]


References

  1. A Guide to Disability Rights Laws U.S. Department of Justice. September, 2005. Accessed on February 4, 2008.
  2. A Guide to Disability Rights Laws U.S. Department of Justice. September, 2005. Accessed on February 4, 2008.
  3. *History of Fair Housing in America Access Washington. Accessed on February 4, 2008.