Can A Landlord Charge Me for My Accommodation Request? Yes and No.
Public Landlords: No
Housing authorities and housing programs that receive direct federal funding cannot charge.
Note: Vouchers don’t count as direct federal funding.
Also Note: They can turn down the request if it is too expensive for them to manage. That’s called “undue financial burden”
If you are not sure if your building receives federal funding, you can try contacting local fair housing groups to see if they can help you figure it out. Or you can just make the request and see what happens.
Private Landlords: Sometimes
Private landlords can charge you for direct costs. For example: cost to a construction company for putting up a wheelchair ramp or remodeling your apartment.
All Landlords: No Charges for Giving You An Accommodation
No landlords can charge you administrative fees or other fees for simply granting your accommodation request.
If it costs the landlord little or nothing to accommodate your request, they cannot charge you, no matter what kind of landlord they are.
Landlords cannot charge pet fees or deposits for an assistance animal (but if your assistance animal damages the property, they may keep some of your security deposit). In many cases, they also cannot charge for other accommodations, such as breaking a lease early or moving your parking spot.
If landlord tries to charge you for your reasonable accommodation, or you think they might, here’s some language you can include :
In addition, I am requesting that this accommodation be granted with no fees, charges, or financial penalties, in accordance with HUD policies which state that “Housing providers may not require persons with disabilities to pay extra fees or deposits as a condition of receiving a reasonable accommodation.” (JOINT STATEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UNDER THE FAIR HOUSING ACT)
This page is part of the online guide: Epic Master List of Disability Accommodation Letters
Facebook Group: HUD and Section 8 Disabled Residents & Family Members
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