Requirements for senior housing include being at least 55 or living with someone who is at least 55, showing proof of age and adhering to specific landlord requirements. Those who desire to live in 62-or-older senior housing must be 62 as well as anyone else residing with them.
55 is the youngest exemption for senior housing, but a person may be able to reside in the 20 percent portion of housing that is free of restrictions before switching to the 80 percent portion once he or she reaches the age of 55. Anyone who lives in 62-or-older senior housing is permitted to have an attendant, nurse or live-in aide who is younger than 62.
Proof of age can be shown with a driver's license, passport, military identification or immigration card. An option to traditional proof of age is to provide an application affidavit, self-certification in a lease or a document signed by a legal adult who states that at least one individual in the unit has reached the age of 55. Senior housing residents often have to provide age verification at least once every two years.
Additional requirements a landlord can legally implement include having 80 percent of all units occupied by at least one resident who has reached the age of 60. Senior housing landlords can also require that at least one resident in each apartment be at least 55.