Reasonable Modifications

Reasonable modifications are changes to the physical premises that allow tenants with disabilities equal access to housing. Examples of reasonable modifications include wheelchair ramps, handrails, and electronic door openers. Tenants typically pay the cost of reasonable modifications, and agree to restore the unit to its prior condition when they move out. These are the top California reasonable modification successes:

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    Installation of a Lockbox

    Senior disabled resident needs a lockbox that allows emergency responders access to his unit, but the condominium association won't allow it. The resident and the association reach an agreement that allows this modification.
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    Installation of Wheelchair Ramp

    Disabled tenant is now using a wheelchair and needs to install a ramp to access her apartment. The tenant is assisted by a disability advocacy group and receives assistance in installing and paying for the modification.
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    Push-Button Wall Switch Installed for Wheelchair User

    Tenant using a wheelchair needs assistance with the large front doors of a building built before accessibility requirements were included in the fair housing laws. With assistance from the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office, the tenant is able to persuade her landlord to not only install a push-button wall switch that opens the door, but also increase the amount of time the door stays unlocked and open.
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    Tenant Undergoing Cancer Treatment Installs Air Conditioner

    Tenant undergoing cancer treatment needs a window air-conditioning unit to keep his apartment cool during her recovery, but the landlord's policy bars exterior building modifications. With help from the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office, the tenant is allowed to install the unit.