What To Do When A Tenant Rejects Reasonable Accommodation Alternatives

Friday, September 28, 2018

Prove necessity to overcome this type of housing lawsuit

Denying a tenant’s reasonable accommodation request can put you into serious legal trouble. But if you’ve offered other viable options, all may not be lost. Here’s how one fair housing case played out in a housing provider’s favor.

Carefully Handle Disagreeable Tenants

Background: Plaintiff Carol Vorchheimer has pulmonary hypertension and other disabilities and must use a rolling walker to get around. She owned a condominium in a complex operated by The Philadelphian Owners Association. She would use her walker to get from her condo to the lobby, and then use her cane to get from the lobby to her car in its reserved parking space in front of the building.

Vorchheimer could not lift or fold her walker or put it in her car, so she began leaving her walker in The Philadelphian’s lobby. One day, a building staff member took Vorchheimer’s walker and stored it in a room behind the concierge desk. The next day, the building’s general manager emailed Vorchheimer to ask her to give her walker to the front desk staffer whenever she left, but Vorchheim


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