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Kennesaw Landlords: What is ‘Reasonable Accommodation’ for Disabled Residents?

A Beautiful Single Level Home with Reasonable Accommodations for a Disabled Resident in KennesawAs a Kennesaw landlord with a single-family residence, you must comply with the Federal Fair Housing Act’s requirement to allow ‘reasonable accommodations’ not only to disabled residents but also to residents who live with or are associated with disabled individuals. You may wonder what is ‘reasonable accommodation’ and what would ‘unreasonable’ be?

The difference lies in the balance between how the request would be beneficial to the resident and how it would be bothersome for the property owner. As vague as it may sound, ‘reasonable accommodation’ could be, but not limited to the physical elements of the rental home, and might include basic modifications, such as lowering towel bars and light switches, or a smoke alarm that has flashing lights in addition to an audible alarm. Additionally, the resident would pay for both the installation and removal of these accommodations.

As a property owner, you will also be asked to provide ‘reasonable accommodation’ on the administrative side. For example, you might have a resident with a mental disability that affects their memory. This resident might request that you call each month to remind them to pay the rent. This would be considered reasonable.

This time, let’s look at an example of what might be considered ‘unreasonable’. One of the key considerations in this respect is whether the accommodation would impose hardship on you as a housing provider. For example, suppose you own a two-story single-family rental house and receive a request that you install an elevator for a person with a physical disability. This could be denied as it would require major construction and cost a great deal.

An unreasonable accommodation request could appear on the administrative side as well. Suppose you own a single-family residence and receive a request from a potential resident with a mental impairment to call them each morning and evening to remind them to turn the exterior lights on at night and off in the morning. This could be considered unreasonable and you as a landlord could deny this request.

Real Property Management East Cobb is well-versed in the Fair Housing Act requirements and how they apply to you as a Kennesaw landlord with a single-family residence. We can help you navigate these requirements to ensure that you are in compliance when renting to individuals with disabilities. Would you like to learn more? Please contact us online or call us at 770-622-5657 for more information.

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