Fair Housing Act Compliance.
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) is a federal law that prevents discrimination against tenants in their homes.
Under the FHA, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment which significantly limits a person’s major life activities. Even if a lease says “no pets” or restricts pets, landlords are required to make what is called a “reasonable accommodation” to allow pets who serve as assistance animals, which includes animals who provide emotional support.
Assistance animals are in a different legal classification than pets who are not assistance animals, which is why pet restrictions and fees are waived for them. They are animals that work, assist and/or perform tasks and services for the benefit of a person with a disability or provide emotional support that improves the symptoms of a disability.
There is no official certification or training for assistance animals, and they can assist in a wide variety of ways. Breed and weight restrictions do not apply to assistance or service animals.
Our housing products comply with the following Federal and state regulations.
- California Fair Employment and Housing Act
- Florida SB 1128 Emotional Support Animals
- Kentucky KRS 383.085
- Illinois Assistance Animal Integrity Act
- Indiana Senate Bill 240
- Texas Administrative Code 465
- Virginia Bill 51.5
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