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motorcycle parked in an accessible parking aisle blocking the use of the access aisle. another motorcycle is parked on the line making a van lift unusable

Photograph by Missy Tillman

Accessible parking for apartment buildings are regulated by the Fair Housing Act.  The Fair Housing Act requires all “covered multifamily dwellings” designed and constructed for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, to be readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. In buildings with four or more dwelling units and at least one elevator, all dwelling units and all public and common use areas are subject to the Act’s design and construction requirements.   Dwellings subject to the Act’s design and construction requirements include condominiums, cooperatives, apartment buildings, vacation and time share units, assisted living facilities, continuing care facilities, nursing homes, public housing developments, HOPE VI projects, projects funded with HOME or other federal funds, transitional housing, single room occupancy units (SROs), shelters designed as a residence for homeless persons, dormitories, hospices, extended stay or residential hotels, and more.

Fair Housing Act Design and Construction Requirements for an accessible route. All covered multifamily dwellings must have at least one building entrance on an accessible route unless it is impractical to do so because of the terrain or unusual characteristics of the site.

  • An accessible route means a continuous, unobstructed path connecting accessible elements and spaces within a building or site that can be negotiated by a person with a disability who uses a wheelchair, and that is also safe for and usable by people with other disabilities.
  • An accessible entrance is a building entrance connected by an accessible route to public transit stops, accessible parking and passenger loading zones, or public streets and sidewalks.
  • Exterior accessible routes may include parking access aisles, curb ramps, walks, ramps and lifts.

That means that these motorcycles are parked in parking access aisles making them inaccessible and compromised the accessible parking spaces by someone with a mobility disability.

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