Must communities retrofit for handicap accommodation

The question often arises as to whether condominium, cooperative and homeowners’ associations need to install wheelchair ramps, elevator or swimming pool lifts or redo common area bathrooms to accommodate handicap persons.  The general answer is that associations may have to waive certain rules to reasonably accommodate the handicap, such as allowing emotional support or service animals in a no-pet building but the association does not have to spend association funds on modifying the common areas to accommodate the handicap, such as adding wheelchair ramps. However, if the handicap person wants to spend their money to alter the common areas for their use, then the association has to allow for reasonable modifications to do so.    Read the article………………


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