We have seen these requirements before over the years, but a question today brought them up again.

The law contains provisions that buildings ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991 with an elevator and four or more units must have: (a) an accessible route into and through the unit; (b) accessible light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and environmental controals; (c) reinforced bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars; and (d) kitchens and bathrooms that can be used by people in wheelchairs.

With respect to commons areas, they must be or have: (a) accessible and usable public common use areas; (b) usable doors; and (c) accessible routes into and through covered units.

These are simple rules for new construction that have now been in place for just about 20 years. And they must be followed.