Otten Consulting Group,
the nation's premier ADA consulting firm, provides assistance to comply with
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act).
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale,
rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions,
based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status
(including children under the age of 18 living with parents of legal custodians,
pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18),
and handicap (disability).
Requirements for New Buildings:
In buildings that are ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, and have an elevator
and four or more units:
- Public and common areas must be accessible to persons with disabilities
- Doors and hallways must be wide enough for wheelchairs
- All units must have:
If a building with four or more units has no elevator and will be ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, these standards apply to ground floor units.
These requirements for new buildings do not replace any more stringent standards in State or local law.
- An accessible route into and through the unit
- Accessible light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other environmental controls
- Reinforced bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars
- Kitchens and bathrooms that can be used by people in wheelchairs.
OCG provides construction documents reviews, facility assessments and final inspections for compliance
Fair Housing Act.
See also Discrimination in Housing Based Upon Disability