It’s been almost 30 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), protecting against discrimination based on disability and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations. Surprisingly, many property managers are still ensuring that all aspects of the housing units or commercial properties they manage pass ADA compliance.
Property Management Insiders reports that since most multifamily properties have a leasing office and common area on-site, they fall under the requirements of the law. In addition, multifamily dwelling units built after 1991 are required to comply with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988.
In order to help protect themselves from potential lawsuits, owner/operators should conduct an evaluation of each property and create a plan to correct any areas of non-compliance. There are several firms that can provide these plans to owner/operators and it is much more cost effective to work in one of these plans than to settle a claim with the DOJ. Many accessibility elements can quickly fall out of compliance, companies should create new compliance plans at least every five years. For example, think about how often properties re-stripe a parking lot or change a level on a sink. This can help determine how quickly a unit or a property can become non-complaint.
One unique aspect is that DRYCO Construction can handle ALL the requirements you need to be ADA compliant: Asphalt, Concrete, Striping, AND Fencing and Iron.