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ALERT – New Disclosure Laws Relating to Commercial Leases

Effective July 1, 2013, owners of commercial real property must disclose in every lease whether the property has been inspected by a Certified Access Specialist, also known as a CASp.  If an inspection has taken place, it must also be disclosed whether the property has been determined to meet all applicable construction-related accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s similar law, Civil Code §55.53.  This new statute does not require an inspection, it merely requires a disclosure as to whether the property has been inspected.  This new law is designed to prevent violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to reduce litigation arising out of that statute.

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