Fair Housing: Understanding Reasonable Requests

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11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET
*approximate length: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Presenters: Aimee Roby and Margaret Hanson

Compliance with Fair Housing law requires accommodating “reasonable” requests from applicants or residents who are disabled (or in the wording of the Fair Housing Act, “handicapped”). What is reasonable and what is not? This webinar will focus on a variety of requests for accommodation that might not always seem reasonable, at least at first, as well as how to respond appropriately under applicable law. Join a panel of experts as they review how to handle requests for exotic assistance animals or multiple animals, balancing potentially conflicting disabilities (including allergy concerns), and requests for a variety of physical changes to an apartment or common areas, and to other aspects of a community in the context of the Fair Housing Act. This webinar will also explore recent trends in campus housing evaluation and response to requests for accommodation.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define a reasonable request and identify the guidelines for evaluation
  • List options when responding to requests for exotic animals, multiple animals, or for expensive modifications
  • Describe examples of potentially unreasonable requests, as well as strategies for responding
  • Identify best practices for addressing accommodation requests in both conventional and by-the-bed housing

Aimee Roby, Staff Attorney
Aimee Roby Aimee Roby, Staff Attorney with The Scion Group, handles various operational and legal matters for Scion, including Fair Housing requests for accommodation, with an emphasis on assistance animals.  She has completed Fair Housing training courses with IREM and Edge2Learn, and trains Scion community staff regarding Fair Housing best practices.  Ms. Roby also handles a variety of legal matters including disputes with residents or vendors, analyzing compliance practices, negotiating pre-litigation matters, and coordinating litigation matters with outside counsel.  Ms. Roby holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois.  She has extensive experience defending personal injury, premises liability and general negligence claims for primary and excess insurance carriers, including defending insurance companies and insured entities in both first and third-party actions in state and federal court. 

Margaret Hanson, Senior Paralegal
Margaret Hanson Margaret Hanson, Senior Paralegal for The Scion Group since 2013, has over 20 years of experience focused on real estate sectors and oversees Scion’s daily legal and operational needs including contract review, entity management, acquisitions and Fair Housing matters. Ms. Hanson has continued her Fair Housing education through a network of seminars through Edge 2Learn, IREM® and Vendome Group. She is a national instructor for the Scion team regarding Fair Housing best practices. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Illinois State University and Certificate of Distinction in Paralegal Studies from The American Institute of Paralegal Studies.

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