Tenant Undergoing Cancer Treatment Installs Air Conditioner

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Modification Santa Monica, CA

Robert is a tenant in Santa Monica, California who was undergoing cancer treatment that made it difficult to regulate body temperature. His landlord doesn't allow window air-conditioners, and Robert said the portable air-conditioner he used didn't adequately cool his apartment. 

An investigator from the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office contacted the landlord on Robert's behalf. The tenant's unique situation required both an accommodation and a modification – the landlord was being asked to change the rules and to allow a physical modification in order to accommodate a disability. The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office negotiated an agreement between Robert and the landlord that allowed Robert to have the window unit installed at his expense. Robert agreed to remove the window unit once it was no longer medically necessary, and to restore the apartment physically to its prior condition.