Accessibility Requirements under the Fair Housing Act: A Basic Primer for Apartment Managers

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  • 90 minutes
  • 13 Days Left
     Apr 14, 2020
  •   01:00 PM - 02:30 PM ET
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT

Do you know that 1 in 5 people in the US has a disability?  Half of those are considered severe disabilities. 

Disability is defined very broadly under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and any resident or prospect can make disability-related modification requests at any time such as Grab-bars in bathrooms or ramps at entrances. In addition, multifamily housing built in the last 3 decades is federally mandated to meet 7 minimum accessibility requirements under the FHA.  And these are on top of requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act and any accessibility standards state or local building codes impose. 

Join this session by expert speaker Jo Becker, where she will discuss what you need to know to review your property’s current level of accessibility and assure compliance with the federal FHA. 

Session Highlights:

  • The definition of disability under the Fair Housing Act and a trio of disability protections you need to know

  • Differences between modification requests and baseline accessibility requirements

  • How these differ from fundamental Design & Construction requirements under the FHA 

  • Seven minimum FHA accessibility categories 

  • Free resources for further research and technical assistance 

Why You Should Attend: 

Housing providers are required to reasonably accommodate and provide or allow modifications for disability-related needs under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). In addition, multifamily housing is federally mandated to meet minimum accessibility requirements under the FHA. 

Sign up today to learn which properties must meet these standards and what the seven requirements are! This session will provide an overview, as well as offer resources to further expand your knowledge. This is an excellent primer for any property or portfolio manager or maintenance technician, as well as builders, developers, and contractors. 

Who Should Attend:

  • Leasing and on-site managers 

  • Portfolio managers and Compliance officers 

  • Resident services coordinators (in affordable housing communities)

  • Community concierges (in high-end housing communities) 

  • Independent landlords or small, “Mom and Pop” operators with 4-plexes or larger

  • Service technicians, lead technicians, maintenance supervisors

  • Homeowners association and community managers 

  • Builders, developers, and contractors of multifamily housing 

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it at your convenience.

Jo Becker

Jo Becker

A Realtor®-turned-fair housing advocate, Jo Becker was a licensed housing provider for 8 years before working for a statewide fair housing nonprofit for 10 years. There she trained over 10,000 individuals to consistently rave reviews.

Jo’s focuses on training housing providers including property managers, maintenance and service technicians, and private landlords. She has also studied emergency preparedness and disaster response with a focus on animals since 2005. She often combines the two bringing urgent, timely information about animals-in-housing to the housing industry.

Today Jo’s career consists of an unexpected alchemy of public speaking and writing on topics that blend lifelong passions and multiple career experiences. Regardless of topic or audience, Jo’s aim is to inform, empower, and inspire with historical and relatable context, understandable concepts, and bottom line considerations.

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