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Appraisers and the Fair Housing Law: Accessibility Requirements for the Disabled



In 1988 the Fair Housing Act of 1968 was amended to include the "handicapped" as being protected from discrimination in multiunit housing. The three general categories of discriminatory acts are refusal to make or allow reasonable physical modifications to a covered multiunit dwelling, refusal to make reasonable accommodations in rules and practices, and failure to follow certain design and construction standards. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines, which provide technical guidance on multiunit dwelling design and construction standards. This study examines these guidelines and the impact the Act may have upon value when discriminatory practices are observed.

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  • Richard W. Hoyt & Robert J. Aalberts, 1996. "Appraisers and the Fair Housing Law: Accessibility Requirements for the Disabled," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 12(3), pages 429-446.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:12:n:3:1996:p:429-446

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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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