On April 30, HUD and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released new joint guidance on the Fair Housing Act’s design and construction accessibility requirements.
Importantly, the question-and-answer format guidance does not make any substantive changes to the existing law. Instead, it seeks to offer broader compliance information about the existing rules in areas they believe merit additional clarification.
Among other things, it revisits the key requirements of both acts and their applicability to covered properties as well as more nuanced requirements of the law relative to ground floor units, lofts or sunken living rooms, finished living space, additions to pre-1991 properties, elevator properties and others.
The full guidance and additional information is available here.
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