When and How to Verify Disability After Receiving an Accommodation Request

Duration: 60 minutes Speaker: Paul Flogstad

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Topic Overview

Any time a reasonable accommodation is requested, you have the right to verify the need for the accommodation. The first step is to determine whether the person is disabled as described in fair housing regulations.

We will discuss correct way to verify the disability and what are the HUD rulings and fair housing implications for this verification.

Areas Covered

We will delve into what is required for a complete verification. Also discussed is the parameters for the disability which requires the verification. What you can ask and verify and what you cannot ask in regards to disability.

Learning Objectives

  • What are the correct ways to do a verification?
  • What are the different forms available?
  • What are the timeframes?
  • What type of verification is needed?
  • What does HUD say about verifications?
  • Who qualifies as an individual with a disability
  • When it is—and isn’t—appropriate to seek third-party verification of an applicant’s disability
  • What qualifications the person verifying an applicant’s disability should have
  • What information is considered adequate verification—and how much is “too much”

Who Will Benefit

  • Property owners
  • Property managers
  • Compliance staff
  • Housing Authority staff

 

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Paul Flogstad

Paul has been involved in the real estate industry for the past 38 years. He has been involved in sales, construction, project management, appraisal, property management and property management consulting/training.

Through his consulting company, Property Management Solutions, he provides training and consulting services nationwide to owners, management companies, multi-housing associations, as well as state and federal agencies.

He specializes in fair housing issues and has developed fair housing and outreach programs for governmental agencies as well as conducting seminars which are presented to property management companies, apartment associations and the general public nationwide. Most recently, he has been a consultant to the State of South Dakota. In this assignment he has developed a fair housing awareness program that is one of the first of its kind in the nation. It involves a three pronged approach to fair housing awareness. This approach makes use of an ombudsman concept and has proven to be very effective in dealing with discrimination and landlord/tenant issues.

For over twenty years he was involved in appraisal of residential, multi-family, farm and commercial properties throughout the Midwest. Most recently, he was a consultant for affordable, multi-housing properties in 22 different states. This involved properties in HUD, Rural Development, HOME and Tax Credit programs.

He holds numerous professional property management designations and currently holds the prestigious RHM designation from the National Center for Housing Management.

Paul was previously Vice President of the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association, Vice Chairman of the Minnehaha County Housing and Redevelopment Commission, and Chairman of the Sioux Falls Property Appeals Board. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association.

Paul just authored a book which was released in January of 2015. It is titled: “Fair Housing: What Everyone Should Know”. This is a comprehensive book about the fair housing written with a property manager’s perspective and with real world examples. It is a great resource for anyone.

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