A Connecticut couple is rejoicing after their landlord finally agreed to install their wheelchair ramp. Donald and Robin Paul live in a mobile home in Naugatuck, Connecticut and are both wheelchair bound. Donald was able to help Robin in and out of the home up until February, when he suffered a stroke and also became bound to a wheelchair.
The couple then purchased a $4,000 wheelchair ramp, but claimed the landlord, Gerry Gendron, would not allow them to install it. After bringing the story to their local news station, generating interest from the Office of Housing and Urban Development, the landlord changed his tune and agreed to install the ramp on the property.
The Office of Housing and Urban Development or, HUD, is responsible for enforcing the Federal Fair Housing Act. This Act spells out specific rules for classes they deem "protected" in housing related activities. The disabled are a protected class under this act and thus landlords must follow the law to avoid being accused of discrimination. The article, 10 FAQs About Housing Rights for the Disabled, answers some of the most common questions.Suggested Reading:
What Is HUD?
What Is Fair Housing?
Fair Housing-List of Protected Classes by State