Apartments Social Policy

Governmental laws have significant impact on the way we live by helping or hindering people in different ways.
This page is meant to highlight relevant laws, certain key effects they create, and suggest actions in light of the laws.
Here are some laws you may find helpful:

Policy Name: Fair Housing Act Sec. 9.5-66


(a)No discriminating the sale or rental, making unavailable or denying a dwelling to any buyer/renter that is handicap. (b)No discrimination in the provision of services or facilities in connection with the dwelling because of a handicap. (c) Discrimination includes: (1) permit refusal, at the expense of the handicapped person, reasonable modifications for full enjoyment of the premises; (2) refusal of accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services; or (3) connection with design and construction of covered multifamily dwellings for first occupancy after the date that is thirty (30) months after the date of enactment of the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-430).

Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General. Fair Housing Act (1988).

What this means:

  • Disabled persons cannot be discriminated against just for being disabled.
  • They cannot be refused permits or accommodations (railings leadings into buildings or in bathrooms).
  • Landlord may need to create modifications to the house or building and/or room.
  • The disabled need protection from those who would cause them unlawful harm (ie., landlord, real estate agent).


  1. Communicate with landlord about situation/rights/the law
  2. Type out/write conversation to be had with landlord
  3. Print & bring a copy of law & rights to landlord to help make your case
  4. Contact Legal Aid for advice/support
  5. Determine how to navigate your situation professionally and with grace; drama/tension/lawsuits are avoidable