Editor's Note: By far - the largest number of phone calls to the MHCO office - year after year - is assistance animals. Probably one of the most abused laws in landlord-tenant law. Finally, HUD is offering some further - and much needed guidance. The actual statement from HUD is attached above ("HUD Guidance on Assistance Animals 01-28-2020"). We have forward this to our legal team to review the appropriate forms and to provide an additional article - with greater clarity - on how to proceed on this thorny issue. Stay tuned ....
HUD recently announced new guidance to clarify how housing providers can comply with the Fair Housing Act when assessing a person’s request to have an animal in housing to provide assistance because of a disability.
Federal fair housing law prohibits housing discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Among other things, the law requires housing providers to permit a change or exception to a rule, policy, practice, or service that may be necessary to provide people with disabilities an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their home. In most circumstances, a refusal to make such a change or exception, known as a reasonable accommodation, is unlawful.