Court Takeaway: Put The FHA's 'Reasonable Accommodation' Rule To Work For You

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Court Takeaway: Put The FHA's 'Reasonable Accommodation' Rule To Work For You

The ADA may also be on your side in a discrimination case

If you have a disabled tenant who claims that you've violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA), you may be able to use guidelines in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to argue your case. Orsid Management Corp. and 392 Central Park West Condominium in Manhattan, NY (the defendants) did just that, and here's how.

When the defendants installed a large speed bump outside the 97th Street entrance to 392 Central Park West's parking lot, condominium resident Susan Resnick sued the defendants, claiming violations of the FHA and several local and state laws. Resnick has a neurological disorder that impairs her ability to walk, and she uses a motorized scooter and a handicap-modified minivan to get around. The modifications to her minivan cause the van to have less ground clearance than the average...


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