As a Property Manager, you have many responsibilities. One that can typically get put on the backburner is your property’s parking lot and walkways. However, if these tasks sit on the backburner for too long, your property could end up being in violation of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Staying on top of your property’s pavement maintenance and being proactive on ADA Compliance will save you the headaches of potential rush jobs and lawsuits.
A recent article from SFGate lays out different ways that the ADA can be interpretted on both the state and national level. Also, different ways that it can be interpretted for renters versus owners. They write: “Generally, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that areas used by the public meet access needs for the disabled. ADA is meant to make it easier for disabled people to access the same common areas in buildings and other structures the non-disabled can access. States such as California also feature versions of the ADA, and their laws can trump federal law when they’re tougher. State disabilities laws, such as California’s, also address modifications and accommodations for disabled tenants of rental residential properties.”