LA 4.0 hours The Law of the Land - Fair Housing Course Syllabus
4.0 Elective Hours
A disability is defined as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits or curtails one or more major life activities." Essentially, the Fair Housing Act states that a landlord is not obligated to go to extraordinary means to accommodate a handicapped person, but must allow the handicapped person the right to make any reasonable changes to the property. The landlord is not obligated to cover the expense, and they can require that the tenant restore the property when they vacate, at the tenant’s expense.
On March 15, 2011, new Americans With Disabilities Act rules came into effect. These rules expanded accessibility requirements for recreational facilities such as swimming pools, golf courses, exercise clubs, etc. They also set standards for the use of wheelchairs and other mobility devices in public spaces.
The new rules also clearly defined a "service animal" as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. This portion of the law also states that the services the service animal provides must be directly related to the handler's disability. Dogs that provide only emotional support or crime deterrence cannot be defined as service animals.
This course will help the real estate professionals have a better understanding of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). This course is a great refresher for the seasoned real estate professionals and a must have for new licensees.