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Is your property meeting all of the UFAS, ADA, and Section 504 standards? Whether you have a HUD, LIHTC, or USDA/RD property, there are requirements to ensure proper design for persons with disabilities. A UFAS/Section 504 Transition Plan helps you understand where your property stands and provides a guide to full compliance.

A UFAS Transition Plan is a Map to Proper Compliance

US Housing Consultants is more than ready to inspect your property and determine whether you meet Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) and Section 504. We can help you to develop an effective and comprehensive Section 504/UFAS Transition Plan. This Transition Plan will show you all the issues on the site within the designated units
and all of the common areas that must meet handicapped-accessibility standards. This will include specifications on ADA and UFAS requirements for ramps, railings, sink design requirements.

Our transition plan includes:
• A detailed analysis of all of the corrections required to meet UFAS Standards
• An easy-to-read checklist that indicates which UFAS standards your property passed
and failed on your property – we provide photos as further documentation.
• A plan that meets the standards on a schedule that can fit your property’s budget
spread out over five years.
• A review of your units that are set aside for residents requiring mobility-impaired
• An explanation of the property’s requirements under UFAS and Section 504 for how
many adapted units are required and what requirements exist for the public areas

What If My Property Is Exempt from UFAS Requirements?

My property is “grandfathered,” many will say. However, this is often not quite right. Properties built before 1983 have a different standard than those built between 1983 and 1991, but no one is entirely exempt from Fair Housing design standards. While full compliance at some older properties may be optional, it doesn’t mean they are exempt. First, the public areas are often required to be fully accessible. Second, a property must document what makes it non-feasible for full barrier-free design.

And finally, some properties have a mixture of requirements to meet certain standards, while other provisions remain optional. A UFAS Transition Plan is more than just a list of issues to fix. It is a report on your requirements based on the regulatory requirements for your property, depending on the funding program you operate under. HUD and USDA/RD properties require a transition plan, even if the property is older and doesn’t have to meet the modern standards outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1991. Most importantly, a transition plan keeps you compliant and explains the risks of not meeting accessibility requirements.

The Fair Housing Act Requires Proper Accessibility Design

Whether you have an affordable housing property that needs modifications to meet HUD, USDA/RD, or LIHTC requirements for a barrier-free design, or you are a conventional property owner looking to ensure that you are safe from liability in your common areas, US Housing Consultants can help you create an actionable plan that can work within your budget and time frame.

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