The place where disability discrimination shows up most is in multiperson units, either renting an apartment or the purchase of a condominium. Landlords are required to make reasonable accommodations to the unit and common areas for the disabled. The disabled person may be charged for accommodations within his or her own unit.
Many of these accommodations cost little, like allowing guide dogs, marking off parking places near an entrance for the disabled, or installing Braille tags in the elevator. In buildings constructed after 1991, there are specific requirements for wheelchair access both in individual units and common areas.
For the disabled, look at the following laws:
• Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines approved March 6, 1991 (56 FR 9472) (24 CFR Ch. I, Sub ch. A);
• The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988; Fair Housing Act (24 CFR 100.205);
• Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101-12213); and,
• Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. §§ 4151 et.seq.).
These laws only cover public places, multi-person buildings, and buildings built using federal funding. Currently, there are no federal laws directed at disability accommodations for private housing; however, some towns and local areas have passed building ordinances requiring certain accessibility in new housing.