If you have been diagnosed with cancer, are undergoing treatment, or are in recovery, you may experience short- or long-term disabilities that impact the way you access and use your home.
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in the sale, renting, or financing of housing, to people on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, and disability.
The FHA defines a person with a disability, as an individual with a physical or mental condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities are activities that an average person can perform with little or no difficulty. For example:
- Caring for oneself
- Operation of major bodily functions
The definition of disability also includes individuals with a history of having such a medical condition or being regarded as having such a medical condition.
Individuals eligible for protection under the FHA have the right to request reasonable changes related to housing. These changes are called reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications.