How to Fight Your HOA For Disability Discrimination and Win
Your Homeowners Association is designed and defined to protect property owners and create a comfortable environment. From loud, barking dogs to yards full of trash and junk, the HOA is in charge of keeping neighborhoods clean and in regulation. However, those rules aren't always followed as they should be. If you suspect that you've been a victim of HOA disability discrimination, you have ways to fight back.
DoNotPay has got you covered, with a simple way to file a complaint against your HOA that will help give you the upper hand.
What to Know About HOA Laws and Regulations
While state laws can vary in the language used to prevent HOA disability discrimination, the federal government is very clear when it comes to such matters. The Fair Housing Act, which was amended in 1988, prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin.
Here are some important things to know about the Fair Housing Act that apply to your HOA:
- The Fair Housing Act requires owners of housing facilities to make reasonable exceptions in their rental policies and operations that would allow people with disabilities to have access to proper housing.
- The Fair Housing Act requires that some homes are built in ways that are accommodating to those with disabilities - for example, that common-use areas be designed to be wide enough for people in wheelchairs to safely operate.
- Depending on the unique rules and regulations of your HOA, you might be asked not to build new gates or fences in front of your home - but if you are disabled, you might need special accommodations along those lines that would necessitate a new gate or a certain type of fence.
If you suspect that you've experienced disability discrimination from your HOA, you might be hesitant to approach the issue on your own. It could be a sensitive issue and one that is difficult to discuss. However, you must get the accommodations you need - and discrimination is always wrong, regardless of the circumstances.
How to Handle HOA Disability Discrimination on Your Own
HOA disability discrimination can leave you feeling sad, unhappy, and overwhelmed. There are a few different ways to tackle the issue of disability discrimination on your own. Here are a few different ways to go about it:
|Discuss the Issue You Are Having With the HOA||The most direct way to handle the issue of discrimination is to speak to the HOA directly. You could do this by sending a formal letter or by requesting a meeting to discuss the issue.
Depending on where you are at in the process or how big the issue is, it might make more sense to send a letter. In your letter, outline the specifics of the discrimination that you believe you faced, and reiterate the outcome that you would like to see reached.
|Bring Your Neighbors Into the Discussion||If you are on good terms with your neighbors, you can bring them into the conversation. Explain what happened to your neighbors, and get them to join the conversation with you. If your HOA is actively discriminating against you, the more voices join the discussion, the better.|
|File a Formal Complaint With the HOA||Finally, if none of the other methods are successful or if the issue is serious enough, you can file a formal complaint with the HOA. You could enlist the services of a lawyer for this, or you could attempt it on your own.
Disability discrimination is a serious issue - and DoNotPay wants to help you fight back. Our simple system makes it easy to tackle HOA disability discrimination by filing a complaint on your behalf.
DoNotPay Can File a Complaint With Your HOA on Your Behalf
It's easy to file a complaint against your HOA when you use DoNotPay. Here's how to file a complaint in just four steps:
- Choose and describe the nature of your complaint (neighbors, maintenance, etc).
- Explain how this problem has negatively affected you and how you want the HOA to address the problem.
- Tell us how long you've been a member of this HOA.
- Confirm your home address so we can generate state-specific legal arguments on your behalf!
And that's it! DoNotPay will generate your complaint letter on your behalf with a two-week deadline for their representatives to either resolve the issue or contact you with more information. All you have to do is drop the letter off to your HOA manager, saving you time and stress. With DoNotPay, you don't have to worry about being hung out to dry by your HOA.
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