When and How to Verify Disability After Receiving an Accommodation Request

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. CT | $19.99
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Fair housing law limits when and how housing providers can ask for disability-related information.  
Any time an applicant or resident requests a reasonable accommodation, you have the right to verify that the person:
  1. has a disability; and
  2. has a disability-related need for requested accommodation.
But if you don’t know when and how to verify the information appropriately, you run the risk of receiving discrimination complaints that can lead to costly lawsuits.
That risk is very real: Disability-related discrimination complaints against housing providers make up the largest share of fair housing complaints annually, and these complaints frequently arise from improper or misapplied verification policies.
In this one-hour webinar, speaker Theresa L. Kitay will explain the fair housing disability rules, including:
  • Who qualifies as an individual with a disability
  • When it is—and isn’t—appropriate to seek third-party verification of an applicant’s disability
  • What qualifications the person verifying an applicant’s disability should have
  • What information is considered adequate verification—and how much is “too much”
This presentation is geared to:
  • Owners of multifamily housing properties
  • Managers of multifamily housing properties
  • Leasing agents
  • Attorneys and other rental property advisors
Please Note: The information contained in this webinar is provided by Vendome Real Estate Media and is intended for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice or as an offer to perform legal services on any subject matter.
About the Speaker
Theresa L. Kitay

Theresa L. Kitay is an attorney based in Oak Island, NC. She has been widely recognized as the nation's foremost legal expert on accessibility issues—including both Fair Housing Act and ADA requirements. In addition to general defense and preventive representation for people who own or manage all forms of housing, Terry works with owners, developers, architects, and engineers of new multifamily construction on issues of physical accessibility nationwide.

Terry is a Director of the Fair Housing Institute, a private organization providing online training in fair housing and accessibility issues to housing professionals. Terry is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Fair Housing Coach and a frequent contributor on fair housing and related topics to such national publications as Multifamily Executive, Units, and Fair Housing Coach. Terry also has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on fair housing and accessibility issues. 

Heather Stone
Executive Editor/Moderator
Fair Housing Coach