Landlord Barred Disabled Tenant's Use of Motorized Scooter

LVT Number: #31146

Tenant sued landlord for disability discrimination in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. Tenants lived in a ground-floor unit in an apartment complex. Based on multiple disabilities, tenant used a motorized scooter to get from her apartment's patio door across a lawn to the parking lot. But landlord couldn't maintain a clear, level path to sidewalks and parking lots and therefore forbade the use of apartment patio doors for coming and going. An insurance agent's report also advised landlord that the motorized scooter use created liability exposure.

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