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"I Just Need More Time"

Making the Case for an Extension of Time to Vacate a Rental Unit as a Reasonable Accommodation

By Nisha N. Vyas

Once an unlawful detainer action is initiated against a tenant with a disability, the tenant faces loss of possession without finding appropriate substitute housing. The tenant’s credit score suffers, and the tenant may have to meet a court order to pay landlord’s court costs and attorney fees. To avoid these risks, tenants with disabilities should request an extension of time to vacate. By showing that the extension constitutes a reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities, advocates can help them to obtain such accommodation.

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