Making sure your property is ADA compliant can be overwhelming. There are so many different regulations applying to different situations that it is nearly impossible for the average person to keep track. That's why an ADA contractor is so valuable to your business when it comes to avoiding a Federal ADA Lawsuit! It's our job to know the ins and outs of the latest guidelines, not just from the ADA but also California's building code.
Let's take some time to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions we encounter as an ADA contractor.
Aside from the legal aspect of ADA compliance, I often urge business owners to consider another aspect. From a business perspective, doesn't it make sense to be accessible to every possible customer who might want to buy from you? An estimated 1 in 5 Americans has a disability. Are you willing to turn away 20% of your potential market because they cannot get through your door?
Do I Need to be ADA Compliant if I already Meet State Guidelines?
Another common question we get is how to navigate situations where Federal ADA regulations and local state laws are slightly different. Some states, like California, have their own building codes that differ from the standard ADA guidelines. Your business needs to meet both sets of guidelines. As your chosen ADA contractor, we guarantee that our ADA construction work is compliant with ADA and California codes.
I Don't Own My Building. Do I Still Need to Worry About ADA Compliance?
If you rent a commercial space for your business, you are still responsible for ensuring the interior areas within your business are ADA compliant. Structural and exterior issues such as restrooms, entrances, and parking are the building owner's responsibility. However, suppose you find the property owner is ignoring the need for work to bring the exterior into compliance. In that case, it is wise to make sure you will not be held responsible for an ADA lawsuit by handling those parts you are responsible for and documenting requests for the owner to address the other issues. Some business owners make agreements to carry out the structure work in exchange for reduced rent or other compensation.
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Why Wait to be "Forced" into ADA Compliance. If you are a public business or public property owner, save money, lawsuits, time and headaches by being prepared and avoiding it all in the first place. It’s time to call in the ADA pros. Use Protrk, an ADA construction expert, to Get it Done Right Prior to Forced Compliance.
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