PLAN Legal Update
Legal news and information from the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Fair Housing Act - reasonable accommodations - HUD/DOJ Joint Statement
The Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") are jointly responsible for enforcing the federal Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619, which prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability.
One type of disability discrimination prohibited by the Act is a refusal to permit, at the expense of the person with a disability, reasonable modifications of existing premises occupied or to be occupied by such person if such modifications may be necessary to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises.
HUD and DOJ frequently respond to complaints alleging that housing providers have violated the Act by refusing reasonable modifications to persons with disabilities.
This Statement provides technical assistance regarding the rights and obligations of persons with disabilities and housing providers under the Act relating to reasonable modifications.