Re: No Handicapped Spaces in My Complex - I'm Cited and Threatened with Tow (Calif)
Regardless of how many spaces remain open every day, is parking only allowed for residents or are there guest parking spaces/visitor or particular spaces assigned to the general public (example: someone looking to rent there would park in a "prospective tenant"parking)?
My understanding is that if this parking facility is only open to residents (thereby making it private and not public), it need not comply with ADA by providing a certain number of handicapped parking spaces. however, if it offers as few as one visitor parking space, or one public parking space, then the requirement is that they must have 1 handicapped space for every 25 spaces.
The other question would go as follows: if there were any handicapped spaces, and assuming they were to comply with the 1:25 ratio, they would have 2, possibly 3 handicapped spaces out of the 60. That obviously does not necessarily mean that any of the 3 spaces will be even remotely near your apartment, and while they maybe required by law to make "reasonable accommodations" for you, I don't know if it would be "reasonable" to expect them to not only establish two handicapped spaces near your apartment, but to also expect them to allow you two spaces instead of one.
I mean if they were willing to be lenient, you would not be here asking what to do, right!
Also keep in mind that to offer "reasonable accommodations" they don't really necessarily need to establish handicapped spaces per se... they could for example assign one space to you or to your wife that is within close proximity to the apartment... And that would be "reasonable accommodations"...
No only that, but if you only get 1 parking space per apartment, you'd still be facing the same problem of only being allowed to park one vehicle... but hey, you should probably call the ADA Information Line
They could obviously correctly answer your questions.
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