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Disabled while renting on 2nd floor

Please offer us you opinions.
We live in Encino, California on the second floor - no elevators.  My wife is becoming increasingly unable to climb the stairs to our apt. and may need a ground floor apt soon.  Can we legally demand a ground floor apt at the same monthly payment as our current (rent controlled) apt.?
  • March 03 2011 - Tarzana
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I think you are taking the wrong approach.  The first step I would do is to talk to the landlord and see what options he has available to you.  Often times a good dialogue solves many issue before they become issues.
  • March 08 2011
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You can also contact the Los Angeles Housing Department, Rent Stabilization Ordinance Office and ask about your rights under the Rent Control Ordinance for Los Angeles.

Their number is (866) 557-7368.

Here is their website:
http://lahd.lacity.org/lahdinternet/RentStabilization/tabid/247/Default.aspx

They can also give you references to ADA housing, Section 8 Housing and other options.

Good luck!
Kat Becker
Prudential California Realty
  • March 04 2011
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If the landlord can make a reasonable accomodation (offer you an available ground floor unit), he should. If the landlord recieves even 1 penny in federal funding from any source whatsoever, he is bound by the ADA. If it is a strictly private entity, the landlord does not have to accomodate you.
You also have not stated if it is an actual disability issue. You may have to document the disability, if it is not blatant.

Refer to Wetdawgs answer.
  • March 04 2011
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You can also try Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

http://www.lafla.org/service.php?sect=housing⊂=main
  • March 03 2011
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Rather than pulling out the big sticks first, have you developed a good relationship with the landlord and broached the subject?

 It doesn't appear that you can demand ground floor accomodations at the same rent.   The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from discriminating from renting to people with disabilities, but also if a rental needs modification it does not have to be at the landlord's expense. 

You may wish to contact: For questions about the accessibility provisions of the Fair Housing Act, contact Fair Housing FIRST at:

www.fairhousingfirst.org

(888) 341-7781 (voice/TTY)

  • March 03 2011
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I would look for some ADA help. The Americans With Disabilities Act may or may not work for you.

http://www.ada.gov/




  • March 03 2011
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