Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

Established the 1991 ADA Standards & 2010 ADA Standards

Required “Readily Achievable Barrier Removal” for existing facilities since 1991

Required applicable standards to be used for all alterations and new construction since 1992

  • Title I: Employment
  • Title II: State and Local Government
  • Title III: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
  • Title IV: Communications
  • Title V: Miscellaneous Provisions

California Senate Bill 262 (2003)

Government Code § 4459.5-4459.8 

Created the Voluntary Certified Access Specialist Program

California Senate Bill 1608 (2008)

Created The Construction-Related Accessibility Standards Compliance Act (CRASCA) Civil Code 55.51-55.545

Identifies legal benefits for a “Qualified Defendant”

  • 90 Day Stay
  • Early Evaluation Conference

Defines the requirements to receive legal benefits listed above

  • Hires a CASp
  • Receives a CASp Inspection
  • Received a CASp Report
  • Creates a schedule for removing barrier listed in the report

Established Disability Access Inspection Certificate for CASp inspections in compliance with CRASCA

California Senate Bill 1186 (2012)

Amends CRASCA: Extends legal benefits to additional defendants

Reduced statutory damages from $4000 to $1000 for properties CASp or Building Dept. inspected on or after Jan. 1st 2008

California Senate Bill 269 (2016)

Creates 120 grace period option for qualifying businesses that have been CASp inspected.

California AB 2093 (2016)

AB 2093 amends an existing disability access law (SB 1186) which requires a landlord to state on every lease form or rental agreement executed on or after July 1, 2013, whether or not the property has been determined by a CASp to meet all applicable construction-related accessibility standards. In addition to the statement on the lease form, AB 2093 now requires additional disclosure and language as follows:

  • If the property has had a CASp inspection and there have been no alterations affecting accessibility since the inspection, the commercial property owner/landlord shall provide the prospective tenant with a copy of the CASp report at least 48 hours prior to the execution of the lease or rental agreement.
  • If the premises have been issued an inspection report indicating that they meet applicable standards, a copy of this report shall be provided to the prospective tenant within seven days of the lease agreement execution date
  • If the premises have NOT been issued a CASP report, there must be a statement on the lease stating that, a) a CASp can inspect the property, b) a CASp inspection is not required by law, c) upon request of the prospective tenant, the property owner must allow a CASp engaged by the prospective tenant to inspect the premises, and d) that the parties must mutually agree on the arrangements for the time and manner of the inspection, the payment of the associated fee, and the cost of making repairs, if specified.
  • This bill establishes that the landlord is responsible for repairs unless otherwise determined in the lease.
  • Lease cancellation: If the landlord orders the report it must allow the tenant the opportunity to review it and if the landlord doesn’t respond within 48 hours of signing the lease the tenant has the right to cancel the lease. The tenant may also cancel the lease based on information in the report within 72 hours after execution.