Fair Housing Law for Persons with Disabilities


15 N.J.S.A. 10:5-5(q); Viscik v. Fowler Equipment, 173 N.J. 1, 15-16 (2002).   return

16 Failla v. City of Passaic, 146 F.3d 149, 154 (3d Cir. 1998); Leshner v. McCollister’s Transp. Systems, Inc., 113 F.Supp.2d 689, 692 n. 2 (D.N.J. 2000); DeJoy v. Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., 968 F.Supp. 963, 985 (D.N.J. 1997); Enriquez v. West Jersey Health Systems, 342 N.J.Super. 501, 519 (App. Div. 2001), certif. den. 170 N.J. 211 (2001) (gender dysphoria qualifies as a handicap under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination); Gimello v. Agency Rent-A-Car Systems, Inc., 250 N.J.Super. 338, 358 (App. Div. 1991).   return

17 N.J.A.C. 13:13-1.3 (definition of “disability”).   return

18 N.J.A.C. 13:13-1.3 (definition of disability); Rogers v. Campbell Foundry Co., 185 N.J.Super. 109 112-113 (App. Div. 1982) (regarding perceived disabilities).   return

19 42 U.S.C.A. §3604(f)(1)(C) and (f)(2)(C); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(a), (b) and (d).   return

20 42 U.S.C.A. §3604(f)(1) and (f)(2); N.J.S.A. 10:5-12g; N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(a) to (e).   return

21 24 C.F.R. §100.202(c); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.3.   return

22 24 C.F.R. §100.202(c)(2) and (3).   return

23 N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.3.   return

24 24 C.F.R. §100.202(c)(1); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.3 (prohibiting only questions regarding disability).   return

25 24 C.F.R. §100.202(c)(4) and (5); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.3 (prohibiting only questions regarding disability).   return

26 N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(e).   return

27 N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4.   return

28 42 U.S.C.A. § 3604(f)(3)(B); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(f)2.   return

29 24 C.F.R. §100.204(b)(Example 2). It is unlikely that granting such a request would fundamentally alter the landlord’s business.   return

30 Hovsons, Inc. v. Township of Brick, 89 F.3d 1096, 1104 (3d Cir. 1996)(internal quote and citation omitted).   return

31 42 U.S.C.A. § 3604(f)(1) and (2) (general nondiscrimination provisions); 24 C.F.R. §100.204(b)(Example 1)(Tenant who needs seeing eye dog must be afforded an accommodation and permitted to live in apartment in spite of no-pets rule). N.J.S.A. 10:5-29.2; N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(c).   return

32 See Bronk v. Ineichen, 54 F.3d 425 (7th Cir. 1995).   return

33 See, for example, Salute v. Stratford Greens Garden Apartments, 136 F.3d 293, 301-302 (2d Cir. 1998).   return

34 N.J.S.A. 10:5-4; N.J.S.A. 10:5-12g; N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(g). return

35 N.J.S.A. 10:5-12.4 (Law Against Discrimination statute); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.7 (Law Against Discrimination regulation);   return

36 N.J.S.A. 52:27D-123b(5).   return

37 N.J.A.C. 5:23-7.1 et seq.   return

38 42 U.S.C.A. § 3604(f)(7); N.J.A.C. 5:23-7.5(a).   return

39 42 U.S.C.A. § 3604(f)(7); N.J.A.C. 13:13-1.3 (Law Against Discrimination defines “covered multifamily dwelling” as buildings covered by the Barrier-free Subcode); N.J.A.C. 5:23-7.5(b), (c)(Barrier-free Subcode elevator provisions).   return

40 N.J.A.C. 5:23-7.3(b)1.   return

41 N.J.A.C. 5:23-7.5(b)1, (c)2.   return

42 N.J.A.C. 5:23-7.5(b)1, (c)2.   return

43 42 U.S.C.A. §364(f)(3)(i).   return

44 24 C.F.R. Ch. 1, Appendix II to Subchapter A, “Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines - Design Guidelines for Accessible/Adaptable Dwellings.   return

45 The Subcode begins at N.J.A.C. 5:23-7.1. These regulations lay out the Subcode’s scoping requirements. The regulations appear not to be available on the internet. You may be able to obtain them by writing to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards, 101 S. Broad St., P.O. Box 802, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0802. The technical standards are found in a publication known as the International Code Council/American National Standards Institute, “Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities,” 1998 (ICC/ANSI A117.1-1998), a document that the Subcode incorporates. N.J.A.C. 5:23-7.2(a). ICC/ANSI A117.1-1998 may be obtained from The American National Standards Institute, 11 West 42nd Street, New York, New York 10036.   return

46 42 U.S.C.A. §3604(f)(3)(A); 24 C.F.R. §100.203(a); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(f)1. The requirement that you pay for the modifications assumes that the feature you want to modify was not built in violation of architectural barriers codes. If it was, then the persons or entities responsible for building it should pay for the modifications.   return

47 42 U.S.C.A. §3604(f)(3)(A); 24 C.F.R. §100.203(a); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(f)1.   return

48 24 C.F.R. §100.203(c)(Example 1).   return

49 24 C.F.R. §100.203(c)(Example 2).   return

50 42 U.S.C.A. §3604(f)(3)(A); 24 C.F.R. §100.203(a); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(f)1.   return

51 24 C.F.R. §100.203(a); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(f)1.ii.   return

52 24 C.F.R. §100.203(b); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.4(f)1.iii.   return

53 ARC of New Jersey v. State of New Jersey, 950 F.Supp. 637 (D.N.J. 1996).   return

54 N.J.S.A. 40:55D-66.1.   return

55 Hovsons, Inc. v. Township of Brick, 89 F.3d 1096, 1104 (3d Cir. 1996).   return

56 Township of West Orange v. Whitman, 8 F.Supp.2d 408 (D.N.J. 1998).   return

57 42 U.S.C.A. § 3604(f)(8); 24 C.F.R. §100.202(d).   return

58 29 C.F.R. §1630.2(r) (definition of “direct threat” in ADA, Title I (Employment)).   return

59 Matter of Commitment of J.W., 288 N.J.Super. 197, 205 (App. Div. 1996).   return

60 Matter of Commitment of J.W., 288 N.J.Super. 197, 205 (App. Div. 1996).   return

61 H.R. Rep. No. 711, 100th Cong., 2d Sess. 9 (1988), reprinted in 1988 U.S.C.C.A.N 2173, 2181.   return

62 Matter of Commitment of J.W., 288 N.J.Super. 197, 205 (App. Div. 1996).   return

63 Matter of Committment of J.W., 288 N.J.Super. 197, 206 (discussing School Board of Nassau County, Florida v. Arline, 480 U.S. 203, 107 S,Ct. 1123 (1987), to the effect that “[p]articularized proof is needed that [a] teacher [with tuberculosis], even with reasonable accommodations for her disability, would be a source of contagion in her specific teaching job”).   return

64 42 U.S.C.A. § 3605; N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.1 and 3.6.   return

65 42 U.S.C.A. § 3606; N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.1.   return

66 N.J.A.C 13:13-3.2(c).   return

67 42 U.S.C.A. § 3604(c); N.J.A.C. 13:13-3.2; U.S. v. Hunter, 459 F.2d 205 (4th Cir. 1972).   return

68 42 U.S.C.A. § 3603(b)(1).   return

69 42 U.S.C.A. § 3603(b)(2)(owner-occupied residences with four or fewer units); §3607(a)(religious organizations and private clubs).   return

70 N.J.S.A. 10:5-5n.   return




Housing Discrimination Includes Many Things


        It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, disability, HIV infection or AIDS.  Discrimination includes more than an outright denial of a home.  You have been discriminated against if, because you are a member of one of the listed groups, you have been offered different terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental, or different services or facilities; if you have been told a dwelling is not available when, in fact, it is; if you have been “steered” toward or away from a certain neighborhood; or if a financial institution such as a bank has not dealt fairly with you in extending a mortgage loan.


        Discrimination against persons with disabilities also includes a refusal to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services; a refusal to permit reasonable modifications of premises (meaning both your dwelling and the grounds on which it is located) that you plan to undertake at your own expense, and a failure to design and construct buildings with four or more dwellings so that they are accessible.


        The above list of discriminatory acts is not complete.  If you think someone has discriminated against you in any matter involving housing, and you want more information, please feel free to call the Community Health Law Project at 973/275-1175.


You Can File a Housing Discrimination Complaint with Either the State or Federal Government


        Both the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) will investigate and act upon your housing discrimination complaint.  


There are four ways to file a complaint with HUD.  You can:
!               Call HUD’s toll-free number, 1-800-669-9777.  TTY: 1-800-927-9275
!               File a complaint online by going to the HUD web site at www.hud.gov/complaints/housediscrim.cfm and clicking on online form;
!               Print out a complaint form from the HUD web site (click on print out a form), complete it and drop it off at a HUD office or mail it to :


Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Room 5204
451 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20410-2000


!               Write HUD a letter with:
!                       Your name and address
!                       The name and address of the person your complaint is about
!                       The address of the house or apartment you were trying to rent or buy
!                       The date when this incident occurred
!                       A short description of what happened
Then mail the letter to:
                U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
26 Federal Plaza, Room 3532
New York, New York 10278-0068
(212) 264-9610
TTY (212) 264-0927


        You have 1 year from the date of the act(s) of discrimination in which to file a complaint with HUD.


To File a Complaint with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights you must fill out a complaint form at a Division office or with a Division official or field investigator.  Division personnel can assist you in filling out the complaint form.  


        The Division may insist that you come to one of their offices to file the complaint.  However, if you have a disability that makes it difficult or impossible for you to come to one of their offices, the Division must accommodate your disability and afford you another means of filing the complaint (e.g., by letting you mail the complaint or by sending someone to help you fill out the complaint in your home).


        You have 180 days from the date of the act(s) of discrimination in which to file a complaint with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights.  However, if you choose to file a court action, rather than a complaint with the Division on Civil Rights, you have 2 years from the date of the act(s) of discrimination in which to file the complaint.


The addresses and telephone numbers of the local offices of the Division on Civil Rights are:


26 S. Pennsylvania Ave., 3rd Floor
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
TTY: 609/441-7648
Serving Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem and Southern Ocean Counties
100 Hamilton Plaza, 8th Floor
Paterson, New Jersey 07505
TTY: 973/977-1955
Serving Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren Counties
One Park Center
2 Riverside Dr., Suite 402
Camden, New Jersey 08103
TTY: 856/614-2574
Serving Camden and Gloucester Counties
31 Clinton St., 3rd Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07101
TTY: 973/648-4678
Serving Essex, Hudson, Middlesex and Union Counties
140 E. Front St., 6th Floor
P.O. Box 090
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0090
TTY: 609/292-1785
Serving Burlington, Mercer, Hunterdon, Somerset, Monmouth and Northern Ocean Counties

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This publication is a public education service of the Community Health Law Project.  If you or someone you know needs further information regarding fair housing for persons with disabilities, please contact the Law Project:


North Jersey:
Community Health Law Project
185 Valley Street
South Orange, New Jersey 07079
TTY: 973/275-1721


South Jersey:
Community Health Law Project
900 Haddon Avenue, Suite 400
Collingswood, New Jersey 08108
(Voice and TTY)




This manual is made possible by a grant from:


The United States Department of
Housing and Urban Development
FHIP Grant 400G03023


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