March 2017 Coach's Quiz

We’ve pointed out the seven biggest mistakes that lead to fair housing trouble when asking for disability-related information. Now let’s look at how the rules might apply in the real world. Take the COACH’s Quiz to see what you have learned.

INSTRUCTIONS: Each of the following questions has only one correct answer. On a separate piece of paper, write down the number of each question, followed by the answer you think is correct—for example, (1)b, (2)a, and so on.

We’ve pointed out the seven biggest mistakes that lead to fair housing trouble when asking for disability-related information. Now let’s look at how the rules might apply in the real world. Take the COACH’s Quiz to see what you have learned.

INSTRUCTIONS: Each of the following questions has only one correct answer. On a separate piece of paper, write down the number of each question, followed by the answer you think is correct—for example, (1)b, (2)a, and so on.

QUESTION #1

When screening applicants, it is a violation of fair housing law to ask any disability-related questions. True or false?

a.   True.

b.   False.

QUESTION #2

Although your community has a policy of providing unassigned parking, an applicant says he wants an assigned parking space near to the building entrance because of a disability. He doesn’t use a cane or appear to have any difficulty walking, but you could trigger fair housing trouble if you ignore his request. True or false?

a.   True.

b.   False.

QUESTION #3

At the same community, you get another request for a parking accommodation—this time from a resident in a wheelchair who asks for a reserved parking space near to the building entrance. If you ask him for documentation to verify that he has disability-related need for the parking accommodation, you could trigger a fair housing complaint. True or false?

a.   True.

b.   False.

QUESTION #4

Although our community has a no-pet policy, a resident asks for an exception to keep his dog as an assistance animal and submits a letter from his treating healthcare provider that he has a disability and that the dog provides emotional support to alleviate the symptoms of his disability. Since he’s requested a reasonable accommodation, you should send your standard forms to his doctor to verify that that he has a disability-related need to keep the dog as an assistance animal. True or false?

a.   True.

b.   False.

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