“Living in a building with a broken-down elevator can be a headache. But what are your rights as a tenant?
The Fair Housing Act outlines elevator requirements for housing. The act requires multifamily dwellings built after 1991 with four or more units to have at least one elevator. The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to buildings with public access.
Casey Flancbaum, the advocate supervisor for Disability Rights Texas’s housing and transportation rights team, said her team gets regular questions about elevator access. She said elevator maintenance and repairs are expensive and took longer than usual during the pandemic.”