Disability Most Common Basis of Fair Housing Complaints in 2014

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Disability was the most common basis of complaints filed with the U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD) and its partner agencies, being cited in 4,606 complaints or 54 percent of the overall total in 2014.

The penalties for landlords found to be in violation of the Fair Housing law can be significant. HUD recently reported it is charging a landlord with housing discrimination for refusing to allow a renter with psychological disabilities to keep her emotional support animal and to have her daughter reside with her to provide disability-related assistance. HUD also alleged the landlord threatened to evict the woman if she did not get rid of her support animal and have her daughter move out. 

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to refuse to make reasonable accommodations in policies or practices when a person with a disability requires such accommodations, including refusing to allow a live-in aide and refusing to grant waivers to no-pet policies for persons who require assistance or support animals.

The antidiscrimination requirements of the Fair Housing Act covers most types of housing, and its jurisdiction is not limited to housing with federal financing or subsidies. Members are encouraged to review HUD’s notice on service animals and assistance animals.


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