Washington Report

Advocacy Updates from Washington D.C.

ADA Website Accessibility DOJ Letter

NAR recently wrote to the Department of Justice regarding their regulatory work on the accessibility of Web information under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Last year, the Department began reviewing regulations that would apply to state and local governments, which would help develop rules for places of public accommodations, including real estate agencies and brokerages. The Department has since been inactive on the issue, posing continuing problems for REALTOR® members facing lawsuits for alleged violations of the ADA. The letter outlines NAR’s support for clear website accessibility standards and explains concerns with previous requirements proposed by the Department that fail to recognize the practical implementation challenges for website owners. 

Without guidance from the Department, businesses remain uncertain about how to make websites ADA compliant. NAR advises members to discuss accessibility concerns and indemnification provisions with their website providers and to include contact information on websites for individuals with disabilities to report accessibility issues.

For more on ADA compliance, read about the advocacy efforts and view the Window to the Law video update.

Read NAR's Letter to the Department of Justice

Notice: The information on this page may not be current. The archive is a collection of content previously published on one or more NAR web properties. Archive pages are not updated and may no longer be accurate. Users must independently verify the accuracy and currency of the information found here. The National Association of REALTORS® disclaims all liability for any loss or injury resulting from the use of the information or data found on this page.