Reasonable Accommodation for People with Disabilities

On-Demand Schedule

Sun, July 21, 2024 - Sun, July 28, 2024


60  Mins


Basic & Intermediate

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A reasonable accommodation is a change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or service in order for an individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. Examples of reasonable accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • Having an assistance animal when there is a "no pets" policy
  • Asking for help with completing an application or other paperwork
  • Allowing a live-in aide or other support services
  • Changing the due date for rent until after you receive your social security disability check or a short- or long-term disability payment
  • Providing different references, like a social worker, when you may have limited or no recent rental or employment history due to a hospitalization

Overview of the webinar

Under the Fair Housing Act, individuals with a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities are protected from discrimination in housing on the basis of disability. Housing Discrimination against those with disabilities can include different terms and conditions, differential treatment in housing, and/or a denial of a reasonable accommodation or reasonable modification.

Individuals with mental health, intellectual, or developmental disabilities such as depression, anxiety, autism, down syndrome, hoarding, alcoholism, and/or drug addiction (other than addiction caused by current, illegal drug use) are included in this definition when their mental disability limits one or more major life activities.

Who should attend?

  • We will review best practices. This is important for  landlords to understand to keep them from doing something that will result in a fair housing violation

Why should you attend?

Examples of housing discrimination against persons with mental disabilities may include:

  • Refusing to rent housing to you because of disability
  • Asking about your disability or about the nature of your disability during the application process, unless the housing provider asks all applicants whether they have a disability to determine if they are qualified for housing available only to individuals with disabilities
  • Placing different terms or conditions on housing because you lived in an institutional setting, such as requiring more documentation or completion of an additional screening approval process
  • Imposing stricter criteria, evicting, or harassing you or a person you live with because of a physical or mental disability
  • Refusing to grant reasonable accommodations or allow reasonable modifications that may be necessary for you or a person you live with who has a disability to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the housing

Faculty - Mr.Paul Flogstad

Paul has been involved in the real estate industry for the past 38 years.He has been involved in sales, construction, project management, appraisal, mortgage consulting and brokerage, property management and property management consulting/training.
Through his consulting company, Property Management Solutions, he provides training and consulting services nationwide to owners, management companies, multi-housing associations, as well as state and federal agencies.
He specializes in fair housing issues and has developed fair housing and outreach programs for governmental agencies as well as conducting seminars which are presented to property management companies, apartment associations and the general public. He also conducts research analysis for impediments to fair housing for grantees of federal CDBG funds. 
Most recently, he has been a consultant to the State of South Dakota. In this assignment he has developed a program that is one of the first of its kind in the nation. It involves being an Ombudsman for fair housing issues. In this role he takes calls from anyone who may have a fair housing or landlord tenant question. He attempts to resolve the issue before it has to go to HUD. This has been a successful program and he takes over 900 calls a year.
For over twenty years was involved in appraisal of residential, multi-family, farm and commercial properties throughout the Midwest. Most recently, he was a consultant for affordable, multi-housing properties in 22 different states. This involved properties in HUD, Rural Development, HOME and Tax Credit programs. He is a certified trainer for a national company which specializes in HUD and Tax Credit education.
He holds numerous professional property management designations.Paul has served on numerous boards and commissions that deal with real estate, property management and fair housing issues and is in demand as a speaker in the affordable housing industry.


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