i have a 5 year old eviction, no it is not paid off it is too much, i make 40,000$ a year, i have a good job, own car, and have rented since the eviction and have completed a lease. I pay all my bills on time. Where an i get an apartment from for a reasonable price?!!... more
Hi Michelle! I'm going to give you two answers just to be sure I give you what you need. Your question says "rental homes" but your profile says "Home buyer," so let me answer from both directions.
You've raised an important question. As a home buyer, it is not impossible to find homes that have aready been modified for wheelchair access, but unfortunately there isn't any sort of master list--no "check box" for whether or not a home has been made fully accessible. Usually, you have to depend on the public remarks in the multiple listing service, and "wheelchair accessible" can mean a lot of different things--from "the house is accessible because we have widened some of the doors" to "the house is fully accessible because the bathroom is roll-in. fully accessible." If I were setting up a search for someone hoping to buy a wheelchair accessible home, the best hope of finding these sometimes elusive homes would be to run an automatic MLS search with the public remarks flagged to pull anything like "wheelchair," "handi" and/or "access." That will pull from the widest range of homes that might meet your needs.
Okay--now the bad news: As agents we don't have nearly as much information in the multiple listing service about the rental untis. Ms. Chrisner was correct in saying that units that have been built since 1990 are supposed to meet ADA qualifications for a certain percentage of the units. Now, your question asked about homes, but I sometimes people say "home" to mean a free-standing home (we call those SF for single-family homes) and sometimes they say "home" to mean "any dwelling." Luckily, within rentals, we can select any or all types of rentals. If we were looking for a rental here in Norfolk (where I am, too!), I would set up a search of whatever type of rental you specified and use the same type of search criteria in the public remarks as I did above. I will be frank, however--we aren't going to get as many hits in rentals because of there just isn't as much information obtained on rentals for the mls.
I hope this was useful, Michelle--If you need more help (or more answers), ask away!... more