HOA Homefront: HUD issued important new guidance

Assistance animals are very important to certain disabled people. Under the federal Fair Housing Act and California Fair Housing Regulation section 12005(d), such animals are not pets, and housing providers — including HOAs — must make reasonable accommodations to permit such animals.

However, on Jan. 28, HUD issued important new guidance regarding the making, or receipt, of assistance animal requests. The 19-page document, called “Assistance Animal Notice FHEO 2020-1” is available at hud.gov and includes helpful guidance on how housing providers should respond to requests for such animals.

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