senate Bill S1499

Requires access to new homes by persons with disabilities

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  • 02 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1499
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Real Property Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S1499

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the real property law, in relation to the visitability
of new homes by persons with disabilities


PURPOSE :
The purpose of this article is to establish minimum regulations for
the design and construction of new single family homes, townhouses or
the ground unit of a building with three or fewer dwellings units by
builders who receive state or federal funds and subsidies to provide
for the occupancy and 'visitability' for and by person with
disabilities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
The real property law is amended by adding a new Article 15:
"Visitablility" of New Construction.

The article establishes minimum standards for the accessibility by the
mobility impaired 1) from the public street or driveway to the
exterior door of a dwelling, 2) interior doors, 3) environmental
controls, 4) habitable space and 5) interior bathroom requirements.

The article also has an enforcement/penalty clause of not less than
fifty and not more than five hundred dollars for each offense and for
each day the violation continues to occur.

* Amendment: to include height and dimensions omitted from original
draft and enforcement provisions.

JUSTIFICATION :

The availability of accessible, affordable and integrated housing
opportunities for people with disabilities is critical to sustaining
fully independent lives in their communities.

"Visitability" is a movement to change home construction practices so
that new homes offer a few specific features that would make it easier
for people with a mobility impairment to occupy and visit. The spirit
of "Visitability" is the belief that it is unacceptable that new homes
continue to be built with gross barriers, given the ease of building
basic access into the majority of new homes and the harsh effects
major barriers have on people's lives, including physically unsafe
conditions, social isolation and unwanted institutionalization.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.7193A/A.6837-B 2008

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
One hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law and shall
apply to dwelling units for which construction shall begin on or after
such date.
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