WAC 162-38-080     Modifications or additions made by tenants.

     (1) Landlord need not pay. Except as required by law, a landlord is not required to pay for alterations or additions to real property needed to make it accessible by disabled persons.

     (2) Unfair to unreasonably prohibit modifications needed by disabled tenant. Whether or not the landlord permits tenants in general to make alterations or additions to a structure, it is an unfair practice under RCW 49.60.222 for a landlord to refuse to allow a disabled tenant to make reasonable alterations or additions to the structure or fixtures under the following conditions:

          (a) The alterations or additions are paid for by the tenant; and

          (b) The tenant agrees to restore the interior of the dwelling to the condition that existed before the modification, reasonable wear and tear excepted; or

          (c) As otherwise required by RCW 49.60.222(2).

     (3) Examples of appropriate modifications. The following are examples of alterations or additions commonly needed to make real property accessible to disabled persons:

          (a) Ramps for wheelchairs or walkers.

          (b) Lights to indicate to a deaf person that the doorbell or telephone is ringing, or for similar purposes.

          (c) Grab bars in bathrooms.

          (d) Roll-out shelves in kitchens.

          (e) Simplified locking systems for use by a person with mental disabilities.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.60.120(3) and 49.60.240. 96-13-045, 162-38-080, filed 6/13/96, effective 7/14/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.60.120(3). 82-19-086 (Order 41), 162-38-080, filed 9/22/82.]