Fair housing letter: Request for reasonable accommodation

This Form Assistant will help you create a letter to request a reasonable accommodation.

Ohio and federal laws protect the rights of individuals with disabilities, including the right to a reasonable accommodation to allow you to enjoy and get full use of your home.

In your letter, you should:

  • Explain how your disability limits your daily activities.  
  • Explain how the requested reasonable accommodation will allow you the equal opportunity to use and enjoy your home. 
  • Consider attaching a note from your doctor or other healthcare professional. If the disability-related need for your reasonable accommodation is not obvious or known, you should consider attaching a note from your doctor or other healthcare professional that describes all of the following: 
    • Your disability 
    • How your disability limits your daily activities 
    • How the requested accommodation will help you have full use and enjoyment of your home

After you send your letter, your landlord may request to speak with you or request additional documentation. 

Your landlord or housing provider can’t ask you for detailed medical information or a diagnosis, but they can ask you for limited information that:

  • Verifies that you have a disability
  • Further describes the accommodation
  • Shows the connection between your disability and the need for the requested accommodation

Often, the letter or note from your doctor or other healthcare professional should be enough.

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