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FOR ACCESSIBLE COMPLIANCE AT SELF-STORAGE FACILITIES, THERE ARE MANY FACTORS THAT MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

OBTAINING THE WRONG CASP INSPECTOR CAN RESULT IN UNNECESSARY AND COSTLY UPGRADES. CONTACT US, AND WITH A FEW SHORT QUESTIONS, WE CAN EXPLAIN WHAT ITEMS ARE READILY ACHIEVABLE, AND SAFE HARBOR.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR EXISTING FACILITIES
Existing facilities are required to remove barriers where it is Readily Achievable.
The definition of Readily Achievable, as defined by the ADA itself is; Able to be accomplished without much difficulty or expense.
readily Achievable items at self-storage facilities may include;
installing ramps
making curb cuts at sidewalks and entrances
rearranging tables, chairs, vending machines, display racks and other furniture
widening doors
installing off-set hinges to widen doorways
installing grab bars in toilet stalls
installing a raised toilet seat
repositioning a paper towel dispenser in a bathroom
Since all facilities are different, not all of these examples will apply to every facility, and some facilities may be required to do more, but it still must be Readily Achievable.
Whether an action is readily achievable depends on the nature and cost of the action, the financial resources of the company taking the action, the impact of the action on the operation of the facility and the effect of the action on profitability.

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Self Storage Facility ADA Compliance

California Civil Code section 1938 was recently amended to discuss accessibility inspections, particularly for commercial properties. The upshot of this modification is a commercial property owner or lessor is now required to state on every lease form or rental agreement executed on or after July 1, 2013, whether the property being leased or rented has undergone inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (referred to as a CASp). If it has been inspected, the owner/lessor must also disclose whether the property has been determined to meet all the applicable construction-related accessibility standards pursuant to Section 55.53. This CASp inspection is optional. However, in theory, if you had an inspection and were certified and approved, there are certain protections or expedited court-settlement procedures available if you are ever sued or charged for failure to meet an accessibility standard. Whether these benefits are actually worth anything to California self-storage owners remains to be seen; so at this time, I don’t recommend that you rush out and get approved/certified unless you have a personal reason to do so. As cases involving accessibility with CASp approval wind their way through the court system, I may feel otherwise; but for now, I can’t determine whether any real savings or additional protection is achieved, or whether the expedited litigation procedures will offset the cost and difficulty of getting inspected and certified. However, beginning July 1 or sooner, self-storage owners in California must add a sentence to their rental agreement indicating whether or not they have been CASp inspected. If you have been inspected, whether or not you were certified, please contact me for alternative language. If you have not been inspected, please add the following sentence to your rental agreement. I prefer that you add it on the first or last page, but it’s up to you. You can make this change yourself: “California Accessibility Notice: The self storage facility has not undergone inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp).” Naturally, if you have questions, please do not hesitate contact me The recommended priority of the ADA is first is to provide access from public sidewalks, parking or public transportation to the facility; second, to provide access to those areas in the facility; and third, to take measures to provide access to restroom facilities.

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