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Ann Arbor CIL/The Ability Center v PTL

#W01-31 | Location: Temperance | Court Level: Federal | Settlement: $26,000

Categories: Physical Disability, Rental
Tags: Ramp, Stairs

The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and The Ability Center of Greater Toledo settled their disability discrimination lawsuit against Coral Ridge Apartments in Monroe, Michigan. The suit alleged violations of the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1989.  Both plaintiffs are non-profit disability advocacy groups.  The Ann Arbor CIL has an office in Monroe.  According to the Fair Housing Act, all multi-family housing built for first occupancy after March 13, 1991 must adhere to seven design requirements regarding wheelchair accessibility for ground floor units.  The only access to the common areas of the buildings at Coral Ridge apartments were staircases with five or six steps. The groups were represented by Stephen M. Dane and Dusty R. Tinsley of Cooper & Walinski.

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