Developers and landlords, including Related Companies and the Durst Organization, may have to spend millions of dollars to renovate more than 100,000 apartments to comply with federal housing laws requiring wheelchair accessibility. For the past 20 years, residential developers have followed city laws to make sure apartments are accessible to disabled tenants, but the U.S. attorney’s office says many buildings don’t abide by the federal Fair Housing Act. The Justice Department filed a suit against Avalon Chrystie Place, a Lower East Side building with 361 units.
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