California HOA said NO to your Emotional Support Animal?

California HOA said NO to your Emotional Support Animal?

Now, before we begin, let’s disclose we’re not lawyers, fair housing experts, or the such. We do not accept any liability for the following information. Buyer beware.

Recently, a client sent along their HOA agreement, asking us for our opinion on its contents. That agreement, an eight-page document, was a typical example of what comes out of a California condo association.

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In other words, the HOA agreement violated Federal Law left and right.

Problem: The HOA asks for access to a medical professional and medical documentation.

HOA Document:

  • provide completed copies of the Affidavit of Treating Physician.
  • after reviewing the submitted request form.
  • a physician may provide verification of the disability/handicap through the use of the Association’s form Affidavit of Treating Physician.
  • which may include medical records evidencing dates of diagnosis and treatment for the disability/handicap

FHAct ([see FHEO-2013-01, April 25, 2013]) states:

“A housing provider also may not ask an applicant or tenant to provide access to medical records or medical providers or provide detailed or extensive information or documentation of a person’s physical or mental impairments.”

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Problem: The California HOA requires ‘certification’ or training.

HOA Document: all certifications or training the animal possesses and to maintain an identification tag and service animal vest on the animal.

FHAct ([see FHEO Notice FHEO-2013-01, April 25, 2013]) states:

“for the purposes of reasonable accommodation requests, neither the FHAct nor Section 504 requires an assistance animal to be individually trained or certified.”

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Once you complete our intake assessment, you'll speak with a licensed mental health professional from your local area/state, discussing your disability and disability-related need for an emotional support animal. If needed, follow-up sessions and optional aftercare may be suggested.

If your therapist determines you would benefit from an Emotional Support Animal, a letter of recommendation will be issued -- securely delivered and also sent US Mail. Your therapist will continue to maintain a relationship with you throughout the year to assess progress made in addressing the symptoms of your disability.

Problem: The HOA cannot limit where you take your ESA.

HOA Document: The emotional support/service animal is required to be walked in certain designated areas which may differ depending on the location of the unit and the owner’s disability/handicap. If the request is granted, the Association will provide you with the designated area for walking the animal.

FHAct ([FHEO-2013-01, April 25, 2013] p. 3) states:

“…to permit a person with a disability to live with and use an assistance animal(s) in all areas of the premises where persons are normally allowed to go…”

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Our California Emotional Support Animal letter of Recommendation

The ESADoggy housing assessment contains carefully selected Fair Housing language that meets the disability verification standards defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As a disabled person requiring an assistance animal, you are entitled to an equal opportunity to use and enjoy any dwelling you qualify for, and our assessment provided should help secure those housing rights.

If your California fair housing rights are threatened, or the assessment we’ve provided is wrongfully rejected by your California landlord, property manager, or housing provider, there are additional steps that can be taken to help you.

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