Reasonable Modifications: actual physical changes to a unit. A tenant with a disability has the right to make reasonable modifications, at their own expense, if necessary to enjoy full use of the dwelling and premises.
Joint statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice – Reasonable Modifications Under the Fair Housing Act
- Ramping entrances
- Removing base cabinets
- Installing grab bars
- Widening doors
Before permitting the modifications, the landlord has the right to require that the modifications are carried out in a competent manner. This may include reviewing plans and materials and requiring a licensed contractor be used. The landlord may also require reasonable restoration of the dwelling to its original condition. The requirement may include the opening of an escrow account to pay for the restoration.