Accessible Housing

Design and Construction Requirements The Fair Housing Act requires new "covered multifamily housing" to be designed and constructed to be accessible. For covered mulitifamily housing consisting of 4 or more units, built for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, the Seven Design and Accessibility requirements are: Accessible entrance on accessible route Accessible public and common-use areas Usable doors Accessible route into and through the dwelling unit Accessible light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and environmental controls Reinforced walls in bathrooms Usable kitchens and bathrooms In covered multifamily housing with an elevator, all units must comply. In covered multifamily housing without an elevator, all ground floor units must comply. These requirements apply to most public and private housing. However, there are limited exemptions for owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

Fair Housing is not an option. It’s the law.

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