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Using the Reasonable-Accommodation Provision of the Fair Housing Act to Prevent the Eviction of a Tenant with Disabilities

By Fred Fuchs

People with disabilities have a powerful tool at their disposal—the reasonable-accommodation provision of the Fair Housing Act. Among other protections, the Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in the sale or rental of a dwelling. Advocates need to know who is protected under the Fair Housing Act, the steps that a tenant must take to obtain a reasonable accommodation, and how a tenant may defend an eviction lawsuit on the basis of the landlord’s failure to grant a reasonable accommodation.

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