What is Covered by the Fair Housing Act - Design and Construction
The Fair Housing Act has Design & Construction requirements for buildings that are ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, and have four or more units:
Accessible entrance on an accessible route
Public and common areas must be accessible to persons with disabilities
Doors and hallways must be wide enough for wheelchairs
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.
If a building with four or more units has no elevator and was ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, these standards apply to ground floor units only. If the building has an elevator, these standards apply to every unit in the building. These requirements for new buildings do not replace any more stringent standards in State or local law.