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Pet owners, handicapped face home-search obstacles

Is landlord's behavior discriminatory?

Q: I'm having a difficult time finding a place to rent and suspect it's because I'm handicapped. What are my rights? A: First, it's important to know what federal law defines as handicapped. According to Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, a handicap is "any physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of a person's major life activities, a record of having such impairment or being regarded as having such impairment". As for rights, federal law enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 "in order to create a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities and to provide clear, strong, consistent, enforceable standards addressing discrimination against individuals with disabilities." The U.S. Department of Justice provides free ADA materials. Printed materials may be ordered by calling the ADA Information Line (1-800-514-0301 (Voice) or 1-800-514-0383 (TDD) or by visiting thei...

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