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If I lease my medical office space, am I responsible for making sure the examination room, waiting room, and toilet rooms are accessible?

Yes. Any private entity that owns, leases or leases to, or operates a place of public accommodation must comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The tenant and the landlord are equally responsible for complying with the ADA. However, your lease with the landlord may specify that, as between the parties, the landlord is responsible for some or all of the accessibility requirements of the space. Frequently, the tenant is made responsible for the space it uses and controls (e.g., the examination rooms and reception area), while the landlord is responsible for common space, such as toilet rooms used by more than one tenant. You can learn more about accessibility requirements for doctor offices in the pamphlet Department of Justice Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Issues.

 


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