Required accommodations in transient lodging
- limitations on applicability
(1)As used in this section:
(a)“Lift system” means a system that:
(A)Is used to transfer a person to a bed, toilet, shower or bathtub, but does not provide the person with independent mobility;
(B)May be a manual lift, an electronic lift or a lift that uses a track system; and
(C)May require operation by an assistant.
(b)“Transient lodging” means a unit consisting of a room or suite of rooms that:
(A)Is not occupied as a principal residence;
(B)Is typically occupied for periods of fewer than 30 consecutive days; and
(C)Includes services that are part of the regularly charged cost of occupancy, including maid and linen services.
(2)A transient lodging provider shall ensure that at least one room or suite of rooms of the transient lodging facility has a lift system or multiple lift systems that enable a person with a disability to access the following in the room or suite of rooms occupied by the person with a disability:
(b)A toilet; and
(c)A shower or bathtub.
(3)A lift system shall be made available by a transient lodging provider at no cost to a person with a disability, but the person is responsible for providing:
(a)The person’s own sling or other personal equipment that is required to use the lift system; and
(b)Any assistant necessary for the operation of the lift system.
(4)A transient lodging provider is not liable for any injury caused by the use of a lift system, unless the injury is caused by the gross negligence or recklessness of the provider in relation to the provision and maintenance of the lift system.
(5)Intentionally left blank —Ed.
(a)The requirements of this section apply only to transient lodging facilities that:
(A)Consist of 175 or more rooms or suites of rooms; and
(B)Are newly constructed or that are altered in a manner that affects or could affect the usability of the facility in a manner that requires the facility to be in compliance with the accessibility standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
(b)For the purpose of this subsection, the usability of a facility is not affected by cosmetic changes, including, but not limited to, changes in:
(C)Soft or hard surfaces, including upholstery, drapery, window treatments, countertops, vanities and cabinetry; and
(D)Furnishings, including furniture or fixtures.
(6)Any violation of this section is an unlawful practice. [2009 c.841 §2]
Section 659A.144 — Required accommodations in transient lodging; liability; limitations on applicability,