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5 Areas in Your Key Largo Rental Property That NEED to Be More Accessible

Close up View of a Handle inside a Shower Stall Accessible rentals are most favored now than ever before. It’s true that it may be a nuisance to make alterations to your property to accommodate people with limited mobility, but the truth is, you can widen your potential tenant pool and give your rental home a competitive edge. By making your property more accessible, you openly invite both the elderly and tenants who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes and more.

Key Largo property managers are familiar with the federal law that states that you can’t discriminate against people based on their accessibility requirements. You could wait around until your tenant approaches you with an accommodation request. Or, the right (and more profitable) option would be to keep accessibility in mind when you update your property. Decide on choices that will interest disabled or elderly renters. Here are a few hassle-free ideas to help make your property more accessible to those with mobility challenges.

1. Floors

Carpeting can be tough for people who use wheelchairs, canes, or walkers, but so can slippery hard flooring. Thus, eventually when it comes time to replace the flooring in your rental home, opt for a sturdy, low-pile carpet. A low-pile carpet gives superb traction and won’t snag on the ends of canes and walkers. The right flooring can definitely make your rental a lot more appealing to a wider range of tenants.

2. Entryway

One of the huge obstacles that people with mobility challenges face is a doorway that is too narrow. As you plan your next set of property improvements, consider replacing your entry door (and possibly the interior doors) with a wider, more wheelchair-friendly version. Likewise, indeed, lever doorknobs are more suited for people with limited mobility than round knobs. It’s an easy project, but definitely, one that will make a big difference to a disabled tenant.

3. Bathroom

The bathroom holds lots of impediments for disabled tenants. The fixtures that are typically installed there were not made to make it easier for them. But certainly, you can very easily make your bathrooms more accessible by upgrading your shower or tub and your toilet. Take, for example, the standard tub. It’s usually too high for people with limited mobility to step over. If you are getting ready to renovate, do consider picking a walk-in tub or a shower with a lower threshold. Plus, toilets tend to be too low to the ground for many disabled people. When it’s time to replace your toilet, use one that is a little taller. Both of these restorations can help make your rental more accessible to all.

4. Kitchen

The kitchen is another well-known area where challenges abound for people with limited mobility. There are quite a few fixtures that would make things more difficult for them. For example, most standard appliances and countertops are too tall for people in wheelchairs to reach with ease. If you’re remodeling your rental kitchen anyway, think about placing ADA-height appliances and counter space. With quite a bit of creativity and careful planning, you can turn your rental property’s kitchen into one of the most accessible parts of the house.

5. Bedroom

Another part of the home design that is quite easy to change is closet rods and light switches. Both are usually too high for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to reach comfortably. By simply installing closet rods closer to the floor and lowering the light switches, you can improve the quality of life of your tenants.


Would you want more thoughts and insights on how to make your rental appeal to quality tenants? Real Property Management Genesis can indeed help! Contact us online today to learn more about all the great services we offer property owners and landlords.

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