Terms and Definitions

Accessibility Features

Property managers can identify features that may be important to some persons with disabilities. This information is not intended to guarantee that any living units in a property are fully accessibility or meet standards as defined by the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards, HUD 504, Ohio Building Code, or other regulations or guidelines. Please contact the property manager for specific information on the accessibility features of any property or any individual living unit.

Site Access

Accessible Parking
Parking marked on a level hard surface
Accessible Van Parking:
Clearly marked disability parking in front of the unit with 5 foot or 8 foot access aisle
Zero Steps Into Building
Zero step entrance from parking space to inside apartment on a minimum 36 inch wide walkway
Bus Stop Accessible
Bus stop accessible for a wheelchair


Level Platform by Door
If ramped, must have 5 foot square platform at door
Latch-side access
Doors—Latch-side access (18 inch pulling toward and 12 inch for pushing)
Doorway at least 32 inches
32 inches wide doorway (minimum)
Lever style door handles
Operable with one hand open or with closed fist


Lower counters in kitchen
Maximum 34 inches high
Accessible Sink
Lower sink in kitchen with 29 inch knee space under it
Refrigerator side-by-side
Separate freezer door on side
Clear floor space in kitchen
40 inches wide, or if U-shaped kitchen must be 60 inches wide
Accessible cooktop controls
Stovetop controls are in front or on side for easy access
Lever handles on faucets
Operable with one hand open or with closed fist


Blocking In Walls
Walls reinforced to secure bars
Grab Bars
Already installed in bathroom
Lower Vanities
No more than 34 inches high
Accessible Sink
Bathroom lavatory is lower and has 29 inches of clear knee space beneath it
Curbless Shower
Stall is "roll in" with no sill
Adequate Floor Space
T-Turn or 60-inch turning circle unobstructed by door
Toilet Seat 17 to 19 Inches
Maximum height, top to floor

Devices and Reach Ranges

Accessible Outlets and Jacks
Minimum 15 inches above floor; Maximum 48 inches above floor
Accessible HVAC
Heating and cooling controls no more than 48 inches above the floo.

Smoke Free Housing

Smoke Free Housing Designation
A Smoke Free designation means that people cannot smoke inside the building or in other areas specified in the policy, such as on balconies and patios. Depending on the structure of the property this may mean certain buildings are smoke free, the whole campus is smoke free, or all buildings are smoke free. A free toolkit and information about adopting smoke free policies in Multifamily Housing is available at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/smokefreetoolkits1.

Lead-Safe Housing

What Does Lead-Safe Mean?
"Lead-safe residential rental unit" means a residential rental unit that has undergone the residential rental unit lead-safe maintenance practices described in section 3742.42 of the Revised Code, including post-maintenance dust sampling or are registered pursuant to division (D) of section 3742.41 of the Revised Code.
Any home built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint; the older the home, the greater the likelihood lead-based paint is present. For the purposes of this registry, all painted surfaces in rental units built prior to 1978 are assumed as having lead-based paint unless proven otherwise. Lead-safe means that a visual inspection of the unit to identify any deteriorated painted surfaces has been completed. Surfaces identified during the inspection have been repaired or replaced by trained individuals in a lead-safe manner. A final visual inspection and a passing lead clearance examination has been conducted to ensure the unit is free of dust, debris, and deteriorated paint. At this point the unit is considered lead-safe.
A unit can be considered lead-safe even if some of the painted surfaces still contain lead-based paint. If these surfaces are well maintained and in good condition, the paint is not considered hazardous and should not cause an exposure to you or your children. Nonetheless, building components that are friction or impact surfaces, such as windows, doors, and floors are subject to deterioration and may still present a lead hazard if lead-based paint is present. This deterioration can create enough lead dust to cause a child to become lead poisoned. Special attention should be made to keep these surfaces clean and free of dust debris.
Information regarding the paint condition of a rental unit is subject to change as conditions of the rental unit change. Lead-based paint hazards may occur do to normal use of the rental unit. The information provided about a unit being lead-safe is a “snap-shot” in time and may have changed since the final inspection date.
For more detailed information regarding lead-safe housing, contact the Ohio Department of Health 1-877-LEADSAFE (532-3723) or refer to the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3701-81.


Interior Doorways Minimum 32"
Doorways inside, minimum 32" clear opening
Hallways minimum 36 inches wide
Hallways inside, minimum 36 inches wide
Elevator or Platform Lift
Elevator or Platform left (For Wheelchair)
Closets Minimum 32" Door and Low Rods
At least 32 inch closet door and lowered rods
Features for the Blind
Braille or other tactile guides
Accessible Floor Surfaces
Accessible floor surface (e.g. low-pile carpet, tile, wood, vinyl)
Features for the Hearing Impaired>
Features for the Hearing Impaired (e.g. flashing lights for doorbell and fire alarm)


"Elderly housing" generally restricts tenancy to older adults—but sometimes also serves non-elderly people with disabilities. To be considered 'elderly' you must be at least 55 years old, and in some cases, at least 62 years old. Age and disability eligibility varies—please contact property manager for more information.

For more detailed information and assistance on elderly rental housing and other supportive living options, please contact your area agency on aging at 1-866-243-5678.