Reasonable Accommodation And Reasonable Modification

If a tenant has a disability, they can ask for a reasonable accommodation or reasonable modification.

An accommodation is a change in rules, policies, practices, or services to allow the tenant the equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. An example of reasonable accommodation is to make an exception with a parking policy so a person in a wheelchair can have a spot closest to their unit.

A modification allows a tenant to make changes to the property to make the property accessible. The tenant is responsible for paying for reasonable modifications unless you receive federal funds. An example of a reasonable modification is a tenant asking permission to widen the bathroom doorway beyond what the building code requires because they use a large scooter.

If you have questions about how to comply with discrimination laws, contact the Seattle Office for Civil Rights for technical assistance.