Sample Disability Accommodation Letter: Criminal Record

Adapted From Disability Rights Oregon Fair Housing Handbook by McKenna Lebens and Kathy Wilde


Dear [Apartment Manager/Housing Authority/Landlord]:

I am applying to be a tenant at [address]. I have a criminal record due solely to my disability. At this time, I am in treatment and have been for [period of time you have been receiving proper medical treatment for your disability].

I am requesting that you modify your rules regarding criminal history and disregard my criminal record as a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act.
Attached please find documentation from my [your professional (physician, psychiatrist)] of my disability and proof of my ongoing treatment.

In addition, please find attached documentation from my [your professional (attorney, judge)] that my crime was the result of my disability, that I have received effective treatment and as a result will not re-offend.

Please reply in writing regarding this request for an accommodation within 10 business days. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to receiving your reply.

Sincerely,
[Your Signature] [Your Name]


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