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What apartment owners must know about companion animals.

There are so many “myths and misinformation” regarding companion animals floating around out there, it is no wonder why so many apartment owners and managers get into deep trouble when trying to address this topic with a current or prospective resident. Companion animal rules apply to the resident as well as anyone associated with the […]

Low hanging fruit for disabled plaintiffs: breaking down the structure of an ADA lawsuit – Part 3

Back in May and June of 2015, I wrote a two-part series on ADA activist attorneys and their methods in bringing ADA-lawsuits against small, medium and large businesses. That was almost two years ago! Guess what? It hasn’t got any better, in Guess what? It hasn’t got any better; in fact, it has gotten worse. […]

AB 2093 – California now requires landlords to disclose known ADA violations during lease negotiations.

The concerned call … Recently, I received a phone call from a friend of mine who is the COO for a mid-sized commercial property management company in Central California. He had just received a rather official-looking PDF that was marked “Certified by Legislative Counsel of California” and titled Assembly Bill No. 2093. The document, approved […]

How does the new 2016 CBC affect my CASp Report or drawings?

I absolutely love this time of year as the weather begins to cool and change is in the air! And speaking of changes, did you know that California is introducing the new 2016 California Building Code in January? The 2016 California Building Code becomes enforceable January 1, 2017. While local City and County building departments […]

Hey Landlord! Are your exterior common areas ADA compliant?

The majority of monthly newsletters you receive from ADA-PROS are topics that are planned months in advance, but then there are times when we deviate to address timely (and in this case glaring) access issues that exist for most of us in the retail and office industry. Three weeks ago, one of my east coast […]

Does your facility meet current accessibility requirements?

If your building was built prior to 1992, chances are the level of accessibility originally designed and built into your structure does not come close to the current access requirements. Over time, most of the “older existing buildings” undergo multiple remodels, re-fresh or complete new tenant improvement projects. Except for replacement of roofing, flooring, windows, […]

When am I required to make ADA improvements?

Generally, we assume that most, if not all, pre-1990 built commercial buildings have some level of accessibility related issues. But did you know that many post-1990 built commercial buildings do as well? In fact, many commercial properties that were built since 2005 have barriers that should have easily been caught in the plan review stage […]