San-FranciscoThe issues around accessible housing are kind of a mess. The checklist for ideal accessibility (and downright requirements) is huge: ground-level or with an elevator, wide enough doors, large enough to maneuver in a wheelchair, roll-in shower, hardwood floors, etc. etc. Just finding a place can take time and hike up housing costs, and sometimes you will have to throw down some scrilla for modifications, all the way from a cheaper ramp to a full-on bathroom remodel.

The situation becomes ridiculous when you’re renting: under the law, the landlord must allow you to make reasonable modifications, but they don’t have to pay for any of the construction — meaning you could be made to pump thousands of dollars into somebody else’