Accessibility (Design and Construction) Requirements for Covered Multifamily Dwellings Under the Fair Housing Act


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The Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are jointly responsible for enforcing the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability. One of the types of disability discrimination prohibited by the Act is the failure to design and construct covered multifamily dwellings with certain features of accessible design. This Joint Statement provides guidance regarding the persons, entities, and types of housing and related facilities that are subject to the accessible design and construction requirements of the Act. See 42 U.S.C. § 3604(f).

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