The House passed H.R. 620 - The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 on Thursday, February 15, with the strong support of NMHC/NAA. The apartment industry is committed to fostering accessibility for those with disabilities and view the passage of H.R. 620 as an important step towards upholding the objectives of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while providing commonsense reforms to deter costly and frivolous lawsuits.
Going forward, NMHC/NAA will continue to work with lawmakers in the Senate to show how H.R. 620 responds to a growing problem of “drive-by” ADA lawsuits. These lawsuits are often solely driven by financial gain and do not address the needs of disabled Americans. Such lawsuits create significant challenges for apartment firms at a time when the nation’s affordable housing crisis has never been more challenging.