The Fair Housing Act provides that while the housing provider must permit the
modification, the tenant is responsible for paying the cost of the modification.
Example 1: A tenant, whose arthritis impairs the use of her hands and
causes her substantial difficulty in using the doorknobs in her apartment,
wishes to replace the doorknobs with levers. Since there is a relationship
between the tenant’s disability and the requested modification and the
modification is reasonable, the housing provider must allow her to make the
modification at the tenant’s expense.
Example 2: A homeowner with a mobility disability asks the condo
association to permit him to change his roofing from shaker shingles to clay
tiles and fiberglass shingles because he alleges that the shingles are less
fireproof and put him at greater risk during a fire. There is no evidence that
the shingles permitted by the homeowner’s association provide inadequate fire
protection and the person with the disability has not identified a nexus between
his disability and the need for clay tiles and fiberglass shingles. The
homeowner’s association is not required to permit the homeowner’s
modification because the homeowner’s request is not reasonable and there is no
nexus between the request and the disability.