Delaware Code Title 6. Commerce and Trade § 4603A. Discrimination in sale or rental of housing and other prohibited practices; additional provisions relating to discrimination against persons with disabilities
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(a) For purposes of this chapter, discrimination on the basis of a individual's disability includes, but is not limited to:
(1) A refusal to permit, at the expense of the person with a disability, reasonable modifications of existing premises occupied or to be occupied by such person if such modifications may be necessary to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises; except that, in the case of a rental, the landlord may where it is reasonable to do so condition permission for a modification on the renter agreeing to restore the interior of the premises to the condition that existed before the modification, reasonable wear and tear excepted;
(2) A refusal to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford such person equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling;
(3)a. A failure to design and construct or alter those 2 categories of multifamily dwellings specified in paragraph (a)(3)b. of this section in such a manner that:
1. The dwellings have at least 1 building entrance on an accessible route, unless it is impractical to do so because of the terrain or unusual characteristics of the site;
2. With respect to dwellings with a building entrance on an accessible route:
A. The public use and common use portions of such dwellings are readily accessible to and usable by a person with a disability;
B. All the doors designed to allow passage into and within all premises within such dwellings are sufficiently wide to allow passage by a person in a wheelchair; and
C. All premises within such dwellings contain the following features of adaptive design:
I. An accessible route into and through the dwelling;
II. Light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other environmental controls in accessible locations;
III. Reinforcements in bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars; and
IV. Usable kitchens and bathrooms such that an individual in a wheelchair can maneuver about the space and make use of the facilities.
b. This paragraph applies to:
1. Covered multifamily dwellings for first occupancy after September 1, 1992; and
2. Covered multifamily dwellings after 1 year from September 1, 1992, undergoing alterations costing 50 percent or more of the replacement cost of the building unless to do so is structurally impracticable;
(4) To make an inquiry to determine whether an applicant for a dwelling, a person intending to reside in that dwelling after it is so sold, rented or made available, or any person associated with that person, has a disability or to make inquiry as to the nature or severity of a disability of such a person. However, this paragraph does not prohibit the following inquiries, provided these inquiries are made of all applicants, whether or not they have a disability:
a. Inquiry into an applicant's ability to meet the requirements of ownership or tenancy;
b. Inquiry to determine whether an applicant is qualified for a dwelling available only to persons with a particular type of disability;
c. Inquiry to determine whether an applicant for a dwelling is qualified for a priority available to a person with a disability or to persons with a particular type of disability; or
d. Inquiry to determine whether an applicant for a dwelling is a current illegal user of a controlled substance.
(b) Compliance with the appropriate requirements of the American National Standard for Buildings and Facilities Providing Accessibility and Usability for Physically Handicapped People (commonly cited as “ANSI A117.1”) suffices to satisfy the requirements of paragraph (a)(3)a.2.C. of this section.
(c)(1) If an agency or a political subdivision of the State has incorporated into its laws the requirements set forth in paragraph (a)(3) of this section, compliance with such laws shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of that paragraph.
(2) The State or a political subdivision thereof with a building code may review and approve newly constructed covered multifamily dwellings for the purpose of making determinations as to whether the design and construction requirements of paragraph (a)(3) of this section are met.
(3) The Division shall encourage, but may not require, any agency or political subdivision of the State to include in their existing procedures for the review and approval of newly constructed covered multifamily dwellings, determinations as to whether the design and construction of such dwellings are consistent with paragraph (a)(3) of this section, and may provide technical assistance to the State, political subdivisions thereof and other persons to implement the requirements of paragraph (a)(3) of this section.
(4) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the Division to review or approve the plans, designs or construction of any covered multifamily dwellings, to determine whether the design and construction of such dwellings are consistent with the requirements of paragraph (a)(3) of this section.
(d)(1) Nothing in subsection (c) of this section shall be construed to affect the authority and responsibility of the Division to receive and process complaints or otherwise engage in enforcement activities under this chapter.
(2) Determinations by an agency or a political subdivision of the State under paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this section shall not be conclusive in enforcement proceedings under this chapter.
(e) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to invalidate or limit any law of the State or political subdivision thereof, that requires dwellings to be designed and constructed in a manner that affords a person with a disability greater access than is required by this chapter.
(f) Nothing in this section requires that a dwelling be made available to a person with a disability whose tenancy would constitute a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals or whose tenancy would result in substantial physical damage to the property of others.
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