J.A. from Fairfield County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I am in the midst of buying a condo. My unit is on the top floor thereby requiring me to climb a flight of steps to get into my unit. My husband has a problem with balance. Can an association deny me putting in a chair lift? The answer to question will help me decide whether or not to go ahead with the purchase.
Mister Condo replies:
J.A., the only way to find out if the condo will deny the request for putting in a chair lift is to ask. Generally speaking, the condo Board would have to review your request and then either approve or deny it based on their criteria but also considering ADA law. In other words, they cannot simply deny the request simply because they don’t want a chair lift. If the chair lift were to impede into common area used by other owners, they may have a case for denying it. They are also likely to assign all costs for installation and maintenance to you should they approve it. They may refer the matter to the association attorney as ADA requests handled inappropriately can be quite costly to condo associations and HOAs. The bottom line is that you won’t know what they will do until you apply for the chair lift installation. Good luck!