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Commerical Lease Disclosure Requirements

Effective July 1, 2013, a new lease disclosure requirement in the California Civil Code section 1938 affects owners and lessors of commercial property. Part of the new Senate Bill 1186 intended to limit unwarranted lawsuits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provides as follows: “A commercial property owner or lessor shall state on […]

City Building Department helps building owners tackle ADA in unique way.

One of the biggest concerns that building owners face on an ongoing basis is the never-ending requirement of spending an additional 20% on ADA upgrades every time a new permit is pulled on the property. We all know that the building owner is responsible to maintain both the exterior and interior “common areas” of a […]

Disabled Parking: Fruitful or Frustrating

Here’s a funny (and true) story about one of my clients and how he changed his mind on disabled parking. Whether you’re a tenant or a landlord of an existing retail shopping center or strip mall, I bet you have some strong opinions about the requirements for disabled parking. Most tenants realize that the shopping […]

Highlights of the new SB 1186 Disabled Access Law

A bipartisan effort between Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) to curb frivolous lawsuits filed under the guise of the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law on September 19th, 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown. This law includes an urgency clause, which was passed 77-0 in the State […]

ADA "HI-LOW" Drinking Fountain Alcove Space – Did You Know?

Federal accessibility code requires that where drinking fountains are provided on an exterior site or on an interior floor, no fewer than two (one standard & one accessible) or one “hi-lo” drinking fountain (an accessible / standard combination unit) shall be provided and those with leading edges more than 27” above the floor must be […]