Some apartment managers have forms for requesting reasonable accommodations or modifications. If your landlord does not, make your request in writing and keep a copy for your records. The letter should:
· Specifically describe the accommodation you are requesting;
· Explain why you are asking for it; and,
· Clearly explain how the accommodation relates to your disability.
You should request a letter from your doctor, therapist or other professional that confirms that you have a disability. Your health care provider or other professional should explain how the accommodation or modification would assist with your disability and allow you to continue living in your current apartment. Include a copy of this letter when you give your landlord your request. Keep a copy for your records.
It’s a good idea to get help from an attorney if you can. If you are a Maine resident who is 60 or older, call the Legal Services for the Elderly Helpline at 1-800-750-5353 to talk to an attorney for free.
The Disability Rights Center of Maine created samples of these letters. You can find these sample letters in the Quicklinks section to the left, or: