Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states: “No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation by any private entity who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation.” So what does that mean for you? It means that no feature of your property can hinder a disabled person’s ability to use that feature. There are a number of specific parts of this law that apply to rental properties:
- “Architectural Barriers.” Defined in the law as anything that might impede or entirely restrict the progress of a disabled person, these can be anything from sidewalk trip hazards (which can be ground down and leveled) to narrow gaps between architectural features of the building that must be widened to at least 32” across. All architectural barriers that violate ADA guidelines must be removed, or the property owners will be fined by the government.
- Ramps. If your building does not have wheelchair/ handicap access to the front door, whether because of stairs or a step up that exists before that door, a concrete handicapped access ramp is required. The ramp must also be equipped with guide rails and handrails.
Fortunately, Regal Commercial Services is well-practiced in making properties ADA compliant. We know exactly what to look for that might be out of code, and how to fix it. If you know there are parts of your property that are non-compliant, or if you have questions about how the ADA affects you, contact us using the toolbar on the left. We’ll be with you every step of the way, so you don’t have to navigate the regulations by yourself.