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.

    A complete copy of the design and construction guidelines can be found in the Fair Housing Act Design Manual
  
West Virginia Fair Housing Action Network (FHAN)
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West Virginia Fair Housing Action Network (FHAN) 
Making Housing Choice a Reality  
info@wvfairhousing.org 
(304) 296-6091 
844-212-3464 (toll free)