What’s a reasonable accommodation?

The Sun-Sentinel had a great article about associations providing and paying for interpreters.  Get a glimpse below and read the full article here by Lisa Magill, Esq.

Discrimination claims against associations seem to be on the rise. Community leaders and managers should know that the Fair Housing Act prohibits any person to refuse to make a reasonable accommodation in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford a handicapped person equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling unit.

What if a condominium owner or resident is deaf and cannot participate at meetings since she or he cannot hear what is being said? Would the association have to provide an interpreter under those circumstances?

The housing provider (community association in this context) must make requested accommodations unless:

1. the accommodation imposes an undue financial or administrative burden, or

2. requires a fundamental alteration in the nature of its program.

Leave your advice or experience in the comments below.

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