Fair Housing Laws for Disabled Under Fire From Sussex County Officials

Jun 6, 2012

Sussex County officials are expressing skepticism about requirements for landlords in accommodating disabled tenants under state and federal law.

During a briefing by state officials, County Council member George Cole said, “It makes us all madder and madder that we’re living under these terms.”

Many of the questions from the council members focused in on companion animals.

Landlords say that despite a no-pet policy in apartments they cannot deny a companion animal like a pitbull just because people feel threatened.

Ines Hungria with the Division of Human Relations said a doctor’s note is usually used to justify the dog.

Meanwhile, the Wilmington News Journal reports that fair and affordable housing advocates in Delaware have complained that some Sussex County municipalities have discouraged poor people from renting apartments.

Hungria said that she and her colleagues get 50 to 60 complaints a year about housing discrimination in Delaware .