Can Landlords Limit Liability for ADA Violations by Removing Structural Barriers?

WHAT HAPPENED

Workers hired by the landlord of a medical office building place a 55-gallon barrel that’s been cut in half to serve as a planter on the access ramp leading to the only public entrance of the building, leaving just 30 inches on either side for entrants to squeeze through. In addition to making it hard for mobility-impaired persons to maneuver on the ramp, the planter is placed at a point where the ramp is elevated several inches above the level of the parking lot.

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