Tenant Rights Case Settled

October 22, 2009
A settlement that stopped a landlord from requiring medical records to determine if a tenant could live independently might have far-reaching implications, especially for senior citizens seeking housing, housing advocates say.
     "As people age, they sometimes either appear to have or have difficulties," said Erin Kemple, executive director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, which was involved in the court case. "It doesn't mean they can't live where they want to live. The choice is in the hands of the people where they want to live, not the medical judgment of who owns or manages the housing."
     Kemple said it is not unusual for seniors to be asked for medical records when they apply for housing, which is not allowed under housing law. And even if they do have physical limitations, it doesn't mean they can't get assistance and live comfortably, she said.