AMNAL but it is my understanding that if you use a safe harbor code (which could be ANSI 2003 or ANSI 2009 you are still complying with the Fair Housing ACT (the law not the guidelines). The law says:I was told by an attorney to forget all the requirements in the 1991 guidelines and the Design Manual. He said the guidelines lowers accessibility i could have problems later on. He said because HUD refers to ANSI A117.1 so when there are words not defined we are supposed to defer to the ANSI Standard and use that to fill in the blanks. Is this what other contractors are finding out? This would be for FHA covered dwellings and FHA tax credit funded housing.
Is there a comparison between FHA Guidelines and the ANSI A117.1 1986?
Which one allowed only one handrail down steps?
The requirements of paragraph (3)(C)(iii) are:(4) Compliance with the appropriate requirements of the American National Standard for buildings and facilities providing
accessibility and usability for physically handicapped people (commonly cited as "ANSI A117.1") suffices to satisfy the
requirements of paragraph (3)(C)(iii).
Theoretically, based on the above any state accessibility law that addresses the points indicated above (surely any version of ANSI or UFAS does this) could be considered a method to comply with the Fair Housing Act. In practice it is best to use one of the ten codes that have actually been declared "safe havens"(C) in connection with the design and construction of covered multifamily dwellings for first occupancy after the
date that is 30 months after the date of enactment of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, a failure to
design and construct those dwelling in such a manner that--
(i) the public use and common use portions of such dwellings are readily accessible to and usable by
(ii) all the doors designed to allow passage into and within all premises within such dwellings are sufficiently
wide to allow passage by handicapped persons in wheelchairs; and
(iii) all premises within such dwellings contain the following features of adaptive design:
(I) an accessible route into and through the dwelling;
(II) light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and other environmental controls in accessible
(III) reinforcements in bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars; and
(IV) usable kitchens and bathrooms such that an individual in a wheelchair can maneuver about the
I would check which Accessibility Code has been adopted by your state and use that, unless it is not a safe haven, then I would use a code that is.