Making Your Guest Rooms ADA Compliant
By Kathleen Pohlid Founder & Managing Member, Pohlid, PLLC | February 13, 2011
Now is the time for hotel and lodging facilities to evaluate their facilities to ensure guest rooms are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are two important reasons to do so:
First, facilities that want to qualify for safe harbor exceptions to the new 2010 ADA standards must ensure compliance with the 1991 standards before March 15, 2012. Otherwise, the 2010 standards apply.
Second, recent Department of Justice action indicates greater scrutiny on hotel accessibility. Facilities should be alert to these enforcement actions and ensure their guest rooms are ADA compliant, otherwise they may face litigation by DOJ or individuals claiming denial of access.
Moreover, the requirements for ADA compliant guest rooms have changed and may affect planned alterations or construction.