CLRP

Housing Presentation Info Sheet


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IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE HOUSING RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES

  • An owner, landlord, or property manager cannot refuse to rent or sell to a person because he or she has a disability.
  • A landlord cannot put “special” provisions in a lease because the tenant has a disability.
  • The landlord cannot ask questions about a person’s disability.
  • A person with a disability can get a “reasonable accommodation”.
  • A “reasonable accommodation” is an exception from certain rules or policies if it is necessary in order for the person to live in the housing - and it is not an undue burden on the landlord. Examples include an exception from the “no pets” rule for a person who can document that a pet provides therapeutic support, or an exception for “bad credit” because the person’s poor credit is related to his/her disability.
  • A tenant with a disability may get a modification of the housing if it is reasonable and necessary to live in the unit.
  • In order to get an accommodation, the person must disclose the nature of his or her disability, but is not required to provide detailed information.

For more information about housing rights, or help from a legal advocate, call
Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc.
Toll Free (877) 402-2299
TTY 860-262-5066
Or Write
P.O. Box 351 Silver Street
Middletown, CT 06457