Developers are protesting that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recognizes 10 different building codes or design manuals to satisfy the Fair Housing Act, but the New York City requirements for wheelchair accessibility are not recognized. Federal housing officials said that the city and developers made no attempt to get the regulations approved by the HUD. Violators of the act can be fined up to $110,000, and courts can order the apartments to be retrofitted for disabled tenants. The Justice Department has filed suit against Avalon over its Lower East Side building and could sue other developers over accessibility.
Developers say Fair Housing Act ignores NYC rules
August 20, 2008 01:16PM