Reasonable Accommodations & Modifications Under the Fair Housing Act

Live Webinar

  • 60 minutes

Reasonable accommodation is one of fair housing’s “hot topics”. This typically accounts for over 50% of the fair housing complaints to HUD in the past year. Reasonable accommodations can be requested during the application process, during the tenancy, and during an eviction. It is important to learn the correct procedure to ask for, review and implement this important action. Reasonable accommodations are requested because of a disability of either physical or mental issues. It is important that one understand the definition of disability and when it comes into play to allow a disabled person to enjoy the same quality of life as a non-disabled individual.

In this webinar join expert speaker Paul Flogstad, will explore the misunderstandings and best practices of particular relevance to small employers when accommodating employees with disabilities in and around the workplace.

Session Highlights:

  • Understand fair housing issues and how they impact your property

  • Understand the need for accommodations

  • Understand the fair housing laws about accommodations

  • Know timeframe for requesting and granting of accommodations

  • What properties fall under fair housing/ accommodation laws

  • Learn how to verify the need for assistance animals

  • Definition of reasonable accommodation

  • Definition of disability

  • When an accommodation is needed

  • Difference between accommodation and modification

  • Understanding assistive animal/ service animal issues

  • Understanding what is “reasonable”

Why You Should Attend:

This will be a real-world course. It is just not textbook answers but solutions and examples of what is “real world”. The instructor has much fair housing experience and will share through actual experiences to enhance learning. This session will provide you with the ability to make the correct decision when faced with a reasonable accommodation request. Typically, property owners do not want to be charged by HUD for a fair housing violation and the costs incurred by the complaint. This webinar will give guidance to avoid being charged in the first place. A “hot topic” today is assistance animals. Are the requests legitimate and how do you verify if there is an actual need for that animal?

Who Should Attend:

  • Property Owners

  • Property Managers

  • Housing Authority Staff

  • Compliance Staff

  • Leasing Agents

  • Attorneys

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

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

Paul Flogstad

Paul Flogstad

Paul has been involved in the real estate industry for the past 38 years. After college graduation he was in law enforcement for 4 years. From that point on, he has been involved in sales, construction, project management, appraisal, mortgage consulting and brokerage, property management and property management consulting/training. 

Most recently, he was a consultant for affordable, multi-housing properties in 22 different states. This involved properties in HUD, Rural Development and Tax Credit programs. In this role he supported managers by training, compliance, budgeting, developing policy and procedures as well as creating successful marketing strategies. Previously was a regional manager for a large property management company in South Dakota. 

For over twenty years was involved in appraisal of residential, multi-family, farm and commercial properties throughout the Midwest.

He holds numerous professional property management designations and currently holds the prestigious RHM designation from the National Center for Housing Management. 

In 2007 he formed Property Management Solutions. In this capacity, he provides training and consulting services nationwide to owners, management companies, multi-housing associations, as well as state and federal agencies. 

Paul was previously Vice President of the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association, Vice Chairman of the Minnehaha County Housing and Redevelopment Commission, and Chairman of the Sioux Falls Property Appeals Board. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association.

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