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  • Have a record of such a disability

  • Are regarded as having such a disability

My tenant has asked me to install a ramp to her apartment and a grab bar in the bathroom. Must I make these changes?

A landlord must allow a disabled tenant moake, at the tenant's expense, reasonable

modifications or changes to his or her unit thaare necessary to afford the disabled person full

enjoyment of the premises. A tenant may be required to restore the premises to their original

condition

upon

vacating

th unit,

if

reasonable.

The

lanrdo must

also

permit

reasonable

modifications to common areas, such as a pool, tomake the area accessible or usable. In most

cases it would be unreasonable for the landlord to require the tenant to return the common areas

to their original condition.

Newly constructed multifamily dwellings with four or more units must provide basic

accessibility to persons with disaliities if the buildings wer ready for first occupancy after

March 13, 1991. Basic accessibility requires that the apartment complex have:

  • One entrance to the building on an accessible route;

  • Accessibility to public areas such as a lobby or swimming pool;

  • A door wide enough to accommodate persons in wheelchairs;

  • Accessibility to each unit (unless there is no elevator, in which case only all ground floor units must be accessible);

  • Sufficient reinforcement in bathroom walls to allow a tenant to install grab bars where needed;

  • Light switches and other controls located low enough for use by a person in a wheelchair; and

  • Kitchens and bathrooms designed so that a wheelchair user can maneuver within the space.

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