You will learn about many of the needs for reasonable accommodations. One of the primary requests are for assistance animals. We will discuss what the requirements are, what animals are allowed and how a landlord is to verify the need for such animals.
Reasonable accommodation is one of fair housing’s “hot topics”. This typically accounts for over 50% of the fair housing complaints to HUD in the past year. Reasonable accommodations can be requested during the application process, during tenancy and during an eviction. It is important to learn the correct procedure to ask for, review and implement this important action. Reasonable accommodations are requested because of a disability of either physical or mental issues. It is important that one understand the definition of disability and when it come into play to allow a disabled person to enjoy the same quality of life as an non-disabled individual
Benefits of attending session:
- Definition of reasonable accommodation
- Definition of disability
- When an accommodation is needed
- Difference between an accommodation and modification
- Understanding of companion animal/ service animal issues
- Understanding what is “reasonable”
- Including latest HUD guidance on assistive animals
Who should attend?
- Property managers
- Property owners
- Housing Authority Staff
- Compliance Staff
- Maintenance Staff
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 City of Sioux Falls and the State of South Dakota. In this assignment he has developed a fair housing awareness program that is one of the first of its kind in the nation. It involves a three pronged approach to fair housing awareness. This approach makes use of an ombudsman concept and has proven to be very effective in dealing with discrimination and landlord/tenant issues.
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.