2016 Tennessee Code
Title 66 - Property
Chapter 7 - Leases
§ 66-7-104. Physically disabled persons' access to housing accommodations.
(a) Totally or partially blind persons and other physically disabled persons shall be entitled to full and equal access, as other members of the general public, to all housing accommodations offered for rent, lease or compensation in this state, subject to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable to all persons.
(b) "Housing accommodations" means any real property or portion thereof which is used to occupy or is intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied, as the home, residence or sleeping place of one (1) or more human beings, but does not include any single family residence, the occupants of which rent, lease or furnish for compensation not more than one (1) room in the residence.
(c) (1) Nothing in this section shall require any person renting, leasing, or providing for compensation any real property to modify such property in any way or manner or to provide a higher degree of care for a totally blind or partially blind person or other physically disabled person than for a person who is not blind or disabled.
(2) (A) Notwithstanding subdivision (c)(1), any person renting, leasing, or providing for compensation any real property that is three (3) or more stories tall shall give priority in access to housing units on floors one (1) and two (2) of such property to physically disabled persons whose disability would prevent such persons from having reasonable access to units located on higher floors; provided, that the person shall not be required to seek out physically disabled occupants or forego occupancy of the unit for any period of time if a physically disabled occupant is not available. Nothing in this subdivision (c)(2) shall prevent the lessor from using or applying other factors in determining whether or not to rent to a disabled person.
(B) A violation of subdivision (c)(2)(A) is a Class C misdemeanor punishable only by a fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00).
(d) Every totally blind or partially blind person who has a guide dog, or who obtains a guide dog, shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations included within subsection (a) or any accommodations provided for in §§ 71-4-201, 71-4-202 and this section, and such person shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such guide dog, but shall be liable for any damages done to the premises by such animal.
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