Assistance animals are not pets. Federal, state, and local fair housing laws require that community associations accommodate residents who have a disability-related need for an assistance animal, including emotional support animals. Fraudulently claiming a pet as an assistance animal demeans fair housing rights, violates the rights of other community residents, and can lead to legal troubles.
The CAI Board of Trustees approved two new public policies at the CAI Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando: one on sustainable landscape practices and another on fair debt collections.
The sharing economy phenomenon and use of online platforms like Airbnb and VRBO, which facilitate short-term rentals, have significantly transformed the dynamics of renting property. The popularity of Airbnb and VRBO has created a unique housing market where short-term rentals provide considerable income for some community association owners, particularly those in vacation destination and resort areas. Community association owners, therefore, must determine what short-term rental policy is appropriate for their community.
A federal court has struck down, another restrictive pool use rule. On April 22, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that the A Country Place Condominiums in New Jersey violated the Fair Housing Act by implementing pool rules for male and female only swim times.