Disability Accommodations that Can Lower Your Rent

Art: Robin Mead

For people who live in HUD housing, Public Housing, Housing Vouchers, or USDA Rural Rental Assistance.

Below is a list of disability accommodations that can lower the amount you pay each month. If you have a voucher, these will not lower your voucher. Your voucher will be worth the same amount and your landlord will receive the same amount. 

Fees to Break Lease

If you are moving and your landlord charges fees for breaking lease:

Late Payment Fees

If you are getting charged late fees because of when your disability check arrives:

Pet Fees

If you have an assistance animal, service animal, or emotional support animal, and your are being charged pet fees:

Too Many Bedrooms (Vouchers)

If the apartment you are living in has more bedrooms than the number of bedrooms listed on your voucher, and this is causing your rent to be higher. Tip: Sometimes people do not realize that the number of bedrooms on their voucher has changed!

High Rent (Vouchers)

If the landlord raised your rent and this caused your payment to go up:

High Utility Bills (Vouchers)

If you pay the utilities, and they are extra high due to disability:

Going Back to Work

If you go back to work after not working for a while two programs that can help lower your rent:

High Medical and Health Expenses

If you have high medical or health expenses:

Live In Aide

If you or your child is disabled and needs help in your home, a live in aide can be added to your housing. Income from a live-in aide is excluded:

Other Policies That Can Lower Rent

If you requested an accommodation and this led to you paying higher rent or having extra fees:

Sometimes gifts count, sometimes they don’t:

If you have no income:

If your income drops

More policies on what does and doesn’t count:

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