Are HOAs Required to Provide ASL Interpreters?

Question:

Are HOAs required to provide ASL interpreters for HOA meetings?
Westlake Village Condos in Portland, Oregon (Washington County) has refused to provide interpreters for me. I’m Deaf and own a one-bedroom condo. I have talked with BOLI and Oregon FHA but they are not putting enough pressure on the HOA/management- Community Management, Inc. The lawyer who is working for my current HOA had the nerve to say the previous management company “made a mistake” by providing an interpreter for me for a special assessment meeting.

Are HOAs considered “public entities” or non-profit organizations? I believe my HOA/management sometimes rents out the recreation center to the public. In any case, is my HOA/management breaking ADA laws?

– Anne

 

Answer:

Hi Anne,

A homeowners association generally must provide an interpreter to allow deaf or hearing-impaired owners to participate in meetings under the Fair Housing Act. However, if providing an interpreter will fundamentally change the operations of the HOA or place an undue financial burden on the HOA, then it is not required to provide an interpreter. It is best to speak with a lawyer for further guidance.

Disclaimer: We are not lawyers. The information provided on this website does not constitute legal advice.

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