Assistance Animal Laws & Community Associations

Assistance Animal Laws & Community Associations

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Assistance animals play an important role in the lives of people with disabilities. The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state and local laws govern assistance animals in community associations.

Community associations must recognize the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive the assistance they need within their home and must comply with federal laws guaranteeing such rights.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released clarification earlier this year related to documentation from the internet, observable versus nonobservable disabilities, and types of animals that may qualify as assistance animals. Check out those resources here:

Documentation from the internet: Page 11 of January 2020 Guidance

Type of Animal: Page 13 of January 2020 Guidance

Observable and Nonobservable Disabilities: Page 9 of January 2020 Guidance