TOPIC: Question: A resident (1st floor) is requesting a ramp be built, so her grandson who is in a electric wheelchair be able to visit her

Question: A resident (1st floor) is requesting a ramp be built, so her grandson who is in a electric wheelchair be able to visit her 1 month 3 weeks ago #53711

This does not fall under reasonable accommodation guidelines, but rather reasonable modification guidelines. HUD makes it clear that the resident pays the cost of reasonable modifications. Because it's not for the resident but for their guest, it may be possible to deny it (talk to an attorney first), but if you treat it like a reasonable modification (which I would, were it me), then the resident will have to cover the expense of installation and removal. And if it allows your resident to enjoy their time more and doesn't cost you anything, then it seems like an easy decision.
  • Chris Dembitz
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Question: A resident (1st floor) is requesting a ramp be built, so her grandson who is in a electric wheelchair be able to visit her 1 month 3 weeks ago #53713

Buy a portable ramp!! Easy fix!
  • Cindy Saldana Marrero
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Question: A resident (1st floor) is requesting a ramp be built, so her grandson who is in a electric wheelchair be able to visit her 1 month 3 weeks ago #53714

It is considered a reasonable modification the landlord doesn't have to approve the modification at the landlord's expense, the landlord can approve this reasonable modification at the "tenants" expense!
  • Kara Lynn Koons
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Question: A resident (1st floor) is requesting a ramp be built, so her grandson who is in a electric wheelchair be able to visit her 1 month 3 weeks ago #53715

Ask your attorney, your Regional, AND the owner! This is not a manager’s call. Even as an AVP, I’d not make a decision that alters the exterior of the property in any way without feedback/advice from all three authorities. Seek guidance from your RM and attorney and then present to the owner. By then you’ll have your answer.
  • Shari LeVine
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