Is it legal to shut down an elevator for 3 weeks?

UPDATED: May 6, 2009

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Is it legal to shut down an elevator for 3 weeks?

I live in an over 55 community with many disabled elderly. I was informed that the only elevator in my six floor building will be shut down for three weeks for compliance upgrades. Is this legal and what can older folks do if they can’t navigate steps?

Asked on May 6, 2009 under Personal Injury, Florida


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

This isn't the kind of problem that you can deal with easily, especially in court, because it's a short term problem.  The court system doesn't often move fast enough for this.

That short term is, of course, a very long three weeks for people that end up being basically trapped in their homes because of this.

You should be able to find a listing for the Florida State Department of Elder Affairs in your telephone book, they may have a local office nearby, or a complaint or information line, and you can also go to their website, to see what practical help they can give you.

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