HOARDING IS RECOGNIZED AS A MENTAL DISABILITY.
So, what should a housing provider do if an inspection results in identifying a hoarding situation? Since hoarding is considered a disability, an accommodation would need to be provided while you work together with the resident to achieve a resolution. Documentation plays a critical role in this process. Property managers should inform the resident that they are aware of the situation and offer assistance. Assistance can range from providing a list of organizations that can help or by directly contacting these organizations on behalf of the tenant. Documentation will also aid if you need to proceed with an eviction to show that you operated in good faith and attempted all avenues of resolution.
FINAL THOUGHTS Throughout this article, we have delved into three common scenarios that require clarification on the classification of a condition as a disability or not. As a housing provider, it is crucial to approach reasonable accommodations and modifications with a strong commitment to fair housing laws when a disability has been identified. To avoid potential fair housing complaints, it is necessary to thoroughly examine and understand these situations. By gaining a deeper understanding of your obligations and navigating the intricacies of fair housing regulations, you can ensure fair housing compliance.
KATHELENE WILLIAMS Attorney and President The Fair Housing Institute
Kathi Williams is one of the founders of Fair Housing Institute. FHI is the accomplished vision of Kathi who views its educational courses as the best method housing providers can use to accomplish compliance and avoid litigation. Kathi is also a partner in the Law Firm of Williams Edelstein Tucker, P.C. providing defense and preventative representation for the housing industry in all civil rights matters. During the many decades Kathi has been advising her housing provider clients, she developed a unique understanding of the most effective methods of communicating fair housing best practices through training.
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