Re-Thinking Reasonable Accommodations in Housing

Event Start:
04/28/2015 1:30 PM
Event End:
04/28/2015 4:30 PM

Program Fee: $55

CPCS approved for 3 credits from the Mental Health Division.

An Interactive Seminar for Experienced Housing Lawyers with Disability Law Experience

This is not a program on “basics.” This program is designed for attorneys with a working knowledge of the regulations and laws relating to reasonable accommodations in housing.

This year will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which created new rights and responsibilities for property owners, property managers and tenants in connection with access to housing. Together with Massachusetts laws and regulations which prohibit discrimination based upon disability, this act has created a number of challenging issues for attorneys and their clients, complicated by the fact that each scenario has vastly different factual considerations, which prohibits a “one size fits all” solution. Questions of responsibility and liability based upon reasonable accommodations occur at all stages in the landlord tenant relationship, from the application to the termination of the tenancy, including being raised at the eve of eviction. Designed for experienced practitioners, this seminar takes a fresh look at these issues, including a discussion of common pitfalls in asserting and responding to requests for accommodation, medical and social services resources available to parties as well as alternative uses of reasonable accommodation concepts, both prior to and during court action, including consent orders and agreements.


Catherine F. Downing, Esq., Law Offices of Catherine F. Downing & Associates, Boston


Hon. Jeffrey M. Winik, First Justice, Housing Court Department, Boston Division
Dan Bancroft, Esq., Broderick Bancroft, Newton
Alex Mitchell-Munevar, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
Ruth Harel-Garvey, Tenancy Preservation Program, Bay Cove Human Services, Inc., Boston

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Same day registrations are $5.00 extra. Registration fees are non-refundable.

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