Housing Discrimination based on Disability
St. Louis & Jefferson City Housing Discrimination Attorneys
The housing discrimination attorneys at Dashtaki Law Firm exclusively represent individuals who have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability in the sale or rental of housing. Located in St. Louis and Jefferson City, Missouri, the lawyers at Dashtaki Law Firm are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have been discriminated against in housing based on their disability. When you need a housing discrimination lawyer to fight for you, we are ready to stand up for your rights and will assist you with any housing discrimination issue.
The Law in Missouri is Clear: Housing Discrimination is Illegal
Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of a dwelling, and other housing-related transactions, on the basis of disability. Under Missouri law, the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), multi-family housing must be designed and constructed in a manner to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities, and that disabled tenants be provided with reasonable accommodations.
Missouri law requires accessible multi-family housing
Missouri law requires all “covered mutli-family dwellings” designed and constructed for first occupancy after March 13, 1991 to be accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. Covered multi-family dwellings are all dwelling units in buildings containing four or more units with one or more elevators, and all ground floor units in buildings containing four or more units, without an elevator.
Under Missouri law, covered multi-family dwelling units with an elevator are subject to the following requirements:
- Public and common use areas must be accessible to persons with disabilities.
- Doors and hallways must be wide enough for wheelchairs.
- All units must have:
- An accessible route into and through the unit;
- Accessible light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and other environmental controls;
- Reinforced bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars; and;
- Kitchens and bathrooms that can be used by people in wheelchairs.
If a covered multi-family dwelling does not have an elevator, the above standards only apply to the ground-floor units and public and common use areas.
Tenants with disabilities have rights
Under both Missouri law and the Federal Fair Housing Act housing providers and landlords are required to allow tenants with disabilities to make reasonable modifications to their dwellings or common-use areas, at the expense of the person with the disability, if necessary for the person with the disability to use the housing. Those individuals are also required to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for the person with the disability to use the housing.
Landlords and housing providers are required to permit, at the expense of the person with the disability, reasonable modifications of existing premises occupied or to be occupied by such person if such modifications may be necessary to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises, except that, in the case of a rental, the landlord may condition permission for a modification on the renter’s agreeing to restore the interior of the premises to the condition that existed before the modification, reasonable wear and tear excepted. Landlords and housing providers also are required to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford a person with a disability equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.
Determining whether you have a claim for housing discrimination based on your disability requires the assistance of an experienced Missouri housing discrimination lawyer on your side. The attorneys at Dashtaki Law Firm know the law, understand the legal system and are determined to get results for our clients. At Dashtaki Law Firm, we represent victims of housing discrimination and protect their rights. When those rights are violated, victims of housing discrimination are entitled to redress and compensation. If you, or someone you know, are the victim of housing discrimination on the basis of disability, please contact the attorneys at Dashtaki Law Firm today.
Contact an experienced housing discrimination lawyer today
Housing discrimination cases can be highly complex, so it is essential to speak with an experienced Missouri housing discrimination lawyer immediately. If you have been discriminated against, we can help. The lawyers at Dashtaki Law Firm will support you through the process and offer choices to protect your rights. If you have been mistreated in connection with the sale or rental of housing based on your disability or denied a reasonable accommodation, contact an experienced Missouri housing discrimination attorney immediately, as you may lose your rights if you delay.
The Dashtaki Law Firm offers a free and confidential initial consultation to review your case. Contact the lawyers at Dashtaki Law Firm today so that we can begin our investigation.
The housing discrimination attorneys at Dashtaki Law Firm, LLC, serve clients throughout Missouri, including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, Cole County, Boone County, Camden County, Callaway County, Osage County, Moniteau County, Miller County, Morgan County, Warren County, Jefferson City, Columbia, Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, Camdenton, Fulton, Linn, Tipton and California, MO.