ADA Guidelines for Multi-Family apartment buildings and housing projects is most likely not your preferred dealing. If you are in charge of a residential project, you already have a lot on your plate. Nevertheless, ADA Signage Guidelines should be one of your top priorities.
Why follow ADA Guidelines?
There are many reasons why ADA Guidelines for Apartment should be a priority. We can only imagine you don’t want to be dealing with negative consequences. For instance, you don’t want to be breaking the law, resulting in paying fines. Furthermore, losing a tenant or paying for unnecessary renovations? But above all, you don’t want to damage your reputation.
Keeping the above in mind at Sequoia Signs & Graphics we’ll keep you up to date with the ADA Guidelines that you must-know about.
1. Private Residential Housing
Private Residential Housing is not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, this doesn’t mean that you are not required to adhere to any ADA Guidelines. It’s important to take note that it can affect some multi-family apartment projects. For example:
- Public accommodations in residential buildings. For example: a club house, gym or swimming pool.
- Residential properties provided by educational institutions.
- Government-owned and/or operated residential facilities.
In summary, the first example almost always applies. Meaning that your public areas should be ADA Compliant in terms of signage and accessibility.
2. ADA Guidelines for Multi-Family compared to Commercial
The guidelines for commercial properties are different than residential properties. The good news is that private residential properties are not required to all rules that might apply for commercial properties.
As stated above, public areas in your apartment facility must be ADA Compliant, but this doesn’t apply directly to the individual residential units.
In terms of financial responsibility, the landlord bears responsibility for any accommodations built for disable tenants. Along with modifications made to the public areas. However, for any requested modifications to an existing unit the tenant is responsible. This usually doesn’t refer to signage, but is good to know for overall construction.
3. ADA Guidelines when renovating
If you are renovating an existing building that is not ADA Compliant. Make sure to take a close look at the following features that are not sign related. Firstly, doorways, hallways, restrooms and handrails. Secondly, parking spaces and elevators. This is not a complete list but a good starting point.
Moving on to the signage, which must be fabricated and installed according to the ADA Guidelines. Read more about: ADA Signs for Multi-Family Housing that Are Compliant to Pass Your Inspection here.
We hope the above has provided you with information on why & how to follow ADA Guidelines. Multi-Family Housing is treated different then commercial when it comes down to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Are you curious how to incorporate branding & design into ADA Compliant Room Signs? Or do you have any more questions about this topic? Give us a call or contact us via our contact form.