ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR FAIR HOUSING

Written by Neda Dabestani-Ryba


ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR FAIR HOUSING By Neda Dabestani-Ryba Prudential Carruthers REALTORS

Policy Federal Fair Housing accessibility requirements for new multifamily buildings should be written in building code language certified as Fair Housing compliant byrepparttar Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD should be vigilant in compliance education and assistance as is NAHB. Use of Fair Housing Initiatives Program funding for enforcement actions should be curtailed. Any enforcement actions should be reasonable and reflectrepparttar 150473 lack of clear guidance available for complying withrepparttar 150474 Act. Background The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 requires new multifamily buildings constructed for first occupancy after March 13, 1991 and consisting of four or more units to be accessible to disabled persons. HUD issued accessibility guidelines on March 6, 1991 and a supplementary design manual in August 1996 to provide guidance on complying withrepparttar 150475 law. But HUD's guidelines were poorly promulgated and not written in building code language, making it impractical for builders and local officials to define compliance, which has led to conflicting interpretations and inadvertent failures to meet certain requirements. In response, building code language was cooperatively developed by NAHB, HUD,repparttar 150476 International Code Council, and disability advocates and completed in May 2000. HUD has certified thatrepparttar 150477 building code language satisfiesrepparttar 150478 accessibility requirements ofrepparttar 150479 Fair Housing Act and NAHB is promoting state and local adoption ofrepparttar 150480 compliant code language. Federal promulgation ofrepparttar 150481 requirements must still be intensified, however, if compliance is to be improved. Addressing noncompliance of existing covered buildings (constructed for occupancy after March 13, 1991) remains contentious. Federally funded private advocacy groups and state and local housing agencies, HUD, andrepparttar 150482 Department of Justice are all actively involved in current enforcement actions and will continue to be. These actions are often threatening, based on questionably broad interpretations of federal requirements, fail to reflectrepparttar 150483 lack of compliance assistance atrepparttar 150484 time of construction, and divert resources that could otherwise be applied to more proactive solutions.

Anthony Castelli, Attorney at Law Announces Website Update

Written by Sara Goldstein


Cincinnati personal injury attorney, Anthony Castelli recently released an updated version of his website located at http://www.castellilaw.com. The website features an attorney profile detailing Mr. Castelliís background and expertise. It also includes each ofrepparttar types of personal injury claims that he handles inrepparttar 150357 Cincinnati area. These practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, work place construction injuries, workers compensation, social security disability, dog bites and defective product injuries.

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