The Federal Fair Housing Act and the Vermont Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of disability in all types of housing transactions. This means that it is against the law for anyone to treat you differently in housing situations, like renting or home buying, because you have a disability.
The following video about Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the Deaf is in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning. The first minute and a half provides general information about the video series. To start with the information about Equal Opportunity for the Deaf, move the slider bar to 1:30.
This video series was produced by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
People with disabilities also have a right to reasonable accommodations and modifications to make it possible for them to get around or do daily activities. Sometimes people discriminate against a person who has a disability by refusing to make these accommodations.
These laws require owners of housing to make reasonable exceptions (accommodations) in their policies and operations to give people with disabilities equal housing opportunities. For example, a landlord with a "no pets" policy may be required to grant an exception to this rule and allow an individual who is blind to keep a guide dog or an individual who needs emotional support to keep a cat in the residence. (See “Assistance Animals” for more information.)
Landlords must also allow tenants with disabilities to make reasonable changes (modifications) to their private living space, as well as to common use spaces, to give them the ability to access and use the space. The landlord is not required to pay for the changes. If the building receives federal subsidies, the landlord does have to pay for the modification.
See our Who is Protected? and Reasonable Accomodations or Modifications pages for more information.
Discrimination based on a disability seriously harms the people who are discriminated against and made to feel unwelcome. But disability discrimination affects everyone. It keeps us from living in diverse, inclusive communities.