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How to Comply with Disability Access Laws and Avoid Lawsuits

How to Comply with Disability Access Laws and Avoid Lawsuits

Avoiding Disability Access Lawsuits Common Misperceptions ■ “My property is grandfathered.” ■ “I haven’t made any renovations so I don’t have to make ADA modifications.” ■ “If it costs too much, I don’t have to do it.” ■ “If I get sued, my insurance company will cover it.” ■ “I never got a notice so I can’t get sued.” ■ “It’s my landlord’s responsibility.” December 5, 2011 [ GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP ▪ 3 ]

Avoiding Disability Access Lawsuits Some Legislative Relief ■ Senate Bill 1608 » Building Inspectors □ Requires local agencies to employ at least one CASp-certified inspector by July 1, 2010; “sufficient number” of CASp-certified inspector by July 1, 2014. » Architects □ Requires five hours of coursework on disability access laws every two years license renewal » California Commission on Disability Access □ Began May 1, 2009; Underfunded » Consistency With Federal ADA Accessibility Guidelines December 5, 2011 [ GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP ▪ 4 ]

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