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On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2020 | Firm News

At your facility, you are eager to welcome people of all kinds to your community. One thing you’re particularly interested in doing is setting up your company to work well for people with disabilities, because far too mobile home and manufactured home communities don’t do enough, in your opinion. The Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t allow discrimination against those with disabilities when they’re seeking homes, either to rent or buy them, and you don’t plan to do anything discriminatory. However, you do want to make sure that you won’t face claims of discrimination if one of your resident’s dwellings isn’t accessible or if your primary amenities aren’t available to them.

One thing to think about carefully is how you want to provide services to your tenants or residents. If you run a mobile home park and rent properties, you may want to offer services, like being able to provide a ramp instead of stairs upon request. For your main community center, if you have one, you should make sure that those in wheelchairs can enter freely and that the property is accessible to everyone who should be able to use it. For instance, widening a gate to allow someone in a wheelchair to roll onto the pool deck or adding an elevator to your two-story building are both good ideas to keep your community inclusive. 

If you’re worried about staying on the right side of the law, then your attorney is a good person to talk to about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Compliance can be a little complex, but understanding what you are or are not required to do can help you make your community a great place for people with disabilities.