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Tenant has a stroke. whose is responsible by Anonymous (TN) on February 27, 2018 @14:50

                              
My tenant had a stroke recently and is in the hospital. She sent me a text requesting that I get the house handicapped accessible?

Curious on what my responsibilities as a landlord are?
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Re: Tenant has a stroke. whose is responsible by Garry (Iowa) on February 27, 2018 @16:41 [ Reply ]
Your tenant (or a representative for her) must request in writing, specific things she would like to have done. Then you must decide what items are relatively easy ones to do, without costing too much money (think less that $500 total cost for several items) and then do them. Those items could include grab bars in the bath, or changing door handles to a levered knob, Things like putting in a wheelchair ramp, widening doorways, lowering a kitchen sink, or doing curb cuts, are items that she would have to have done at her expense.

Once you get a list from your tenant, check with your local civil rights agency to get a better picture of what you need to do. The ADA does not expect small LLs to spend thousands of $ in remodeling costs for a T that may not be there very long. But, if you had a hundred or more units in a complex, then the may require you to spend several thousand, because you "should" be able to afford it, and in the future you could advertise that particular unit as handicapped accessible. By the way, there are usually some nonprofits out there that will come in and do most of the remodeling for free, or at a reduced rate. (especially if your T is a "senior")
Re: Tenant has a stroke. whose is responsible by Stephen (Washington (WA)) on February 28, 2018 @14:43 [ Reply ]
I partially agree with G. Get the request in writing with specifics so you can evaluate what they want.
I'm real confident that the ADA does NOT apply inside your unit. Depending upon what your set-up is outside the dwelling unit - halls, parking lots, etc. - the ADA may apply. The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (FHAA) requires that buildings built after March 13, 1991, be constructed with seven specific design features, and to be adaptable. All ground-floor units and all units in elevator buildings must be adaptable. This could apply to you.
So, get it in writing. Talk with experts to learn what you are required to do and why. You are allowed to do things greater than what is required, but that would be your informed choice and not something you were forced into.

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