Reasonable Accommodation Victory by the Housing Rights Center
HRC won a major victory in a case that is the first of it's kind. The tenant requested to be let out of her lease early as a reasonable accommodation of her disability and filed suit under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and state fair housing laws when the landlord failed to respond to this request. The court stated that the failure to engage in the interactive process was not an independent basis for discrimination claims; however this failure could be considered in assessing whether the landlord has refused to reasonably accommodate a tenant's disability.
The court found that the landlord's complete failure to respond to the tenant's request constituted a failure to reasonably accommodate the tenant's disability in violation of the FHA, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and the California Disabled Persons Act. Rodriguez v. Morgan, 2012 WL 253867, No CV 09-8939-GW (C,D, Cal. Jan. 26,2012
2012 Housing Rights Summit Has It's Highest Attendance
The 13th Annual Housing Rights Summit, held at the L.A.P.D. Administration Auditorium, was the most successful to date. Over two hundred and thirty people attended the day long Summit to hear from national experts on topics including the foreclosure crisis and access to homeownership, predatory lending, lead poisoning, the impact of bed bugs on public health, hate crimes, housing discrimination and other housing-related issues.
The 14th Annual Housing Rights Summit will be held on April 18, 2013 at the California Endowment.