Reasonable Modification Request Letter

Date

Landlord’s Name
Landlord’s Address 

Dear {Enter Landlord’s Name}: 

I live at {enter address}. I (or a member of my household) am a person with a disability as defined by the Fair Housing Act. I am writing to request permission to make a reasonable modification under the federal Fair Housing Act. 

POSSIBLE REQUEST 1: I am requesting permission to install a ramp at the entrance to my apartment. 

POSSIBLE REQUEST 2: I am requesting permission to install grab bars in the bathroom. 

POSSIBLE REQUEST 3: I am requesting permission to install visual smoke detectors in my apartment. 

According to the Fair Housing Act Amendments (42 U.S.C. 3604) (f)(3)(A), and Pennsylvania state fair housing law, housing providers must allow tenants to make reasonable modifications as necessary to afford a person with a disability full enjoyment of the premises. Denying a reasonable modification request for a person with a disability is a violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act.

You can refer to the Joint Statement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice detailing the obligations of housing providers under the Fair Housing Act to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. You can access this Joint Statement by visiting equalhousing.org and clicking on the Landlord Resource Center. 

Please respond in writing to my request within ten days from the date of this letter. I look forward to your response and appreciate your attention to this critical matter. 

Sincerely, 
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