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U.S. House of Representatives Passes the ADA Drive-by Lawsuit Reform!

On February 15, the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step forward in bringing reasonable reform to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). By a vote of 225 to 192, the House passed H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. H.R. 620 would add a “notice and cure” provision that gives businesses time to remedy or contest the alleged violation before going to court. IREM believes this will protect building owners while still holding them accountable for ensuring accessibility to all Americans.

A few minor amendments were added to the bill, including making the ADA guidance available in multiple languages, holding businesses liable if they fail to make “substantial progress” to remove a barrier in the given timeframe, shortening the timeframe remedy or contest violations from 180 days to 120 days, and removing the requirement that the notice of an alleged violation include the specific sections of the ADA that are allegedly being violated.

Thank you to all or our IREM members who helped advocate for this important piece of legislation! We will keep members informed of new developments as the bill moves through the Senate.

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