Sample Disability Accommodation Letter: Poor Landlord Reference

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 poor references due solely to my disability. My poor references are the result of conduct I exhibited while not in treatment for 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 references and disregard my poor references as a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act.

Attached please find documentation from my [(physician, psychiatrist, medical professional)] of my disability and proof of my ongoing treatment, as well as a statement that as a result, my conduct is not likely to recur.

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.

[Your Signature] [Your Name]

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