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What Can I Do if It Is Hard for Me to Live in My Rental Because of My Disability?

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The law says that your landlord must be willing to make “reasonable” changes to the rental policy or your housing structure if you need it because of your disability. This is true for private and public housing. You need to ask for the changes to happen. You do this by requesting a “reasonable accommodation” or “reasonable modification.” Your landlord cannot say no unless it would be too expensive, or if it would require too much of a change to the landlord’s rental program.

If you are asking your landlord to change something about their rental policy, you need to ask for a reasonable accommodation.

If you are asking your landlord to change something about the physical structure of your rental, you need to ask for a reasonable modification.

This section contains information more about reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications.

You might want an attorney to help you ask for these changes. If you are a Maine resident who is 60 or older, call the Legal Services for the Elderly Helpline at 1-800-750-5353 to talk to an attorney for free.