The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and requires businesses and public spaces to be accessible to all. As a mobile home park owner, it’s essential to ensure your park is ADA-compliant to create an inclusive environment for all residents and avoid potential legal issues.
While the ADA applies to businesses and public spaces, it also has implications for mobile home parks, particularly when it comes to common areas and facilities.
What should mobile home park owners check?
Key areas where ADA compliance may be required in mobile home parks include:
- Parking lots and spaces: Designated accessible parking spaces should be provided near common areas, such as the park office, laundry facilities or recreational areas. These spaces should be clearly marked with the international symbol of accessibility and include adequate space for vehicle loading and unloading.
- Walkways and ramps: Ensure that all walkways and paths throughout the park are accessible and free from obstructions. If your park has elevation changes or steps, consider installing ramps with appropriate handrails and slope ratios to provide access for individuals with mobility impairments.
- Common areas and facilities: Amenities such as restrooms, laundry rooms, clubhouses and recreational facilities should be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Consider installing grab bars in restrooms, providing accessible doorways and entrances and ensuring all equipment and furniture is easily usable by individuals with disabilities.
- Leasing office and communication: Your park’s leasing office should be accessible, with an entrance free of steps or barriers. Additionally, consider providing alternative communication methods, such as large print materials or TTY services, for individuals with vision or hearing impairments.
Ensuring ADA compliance in your mobile home park is not only a legal responsibility but also a critical aspect of fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all residents. Remember, creating an accessible park benefits all residents and contributes to the overall success and reputation of your mobile home park. It can also help you to avoid lawsuits against the park.