When President Trump signed the March 13, proclamation declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak, a number of federal actions impacting community associations were enforced. Federal regulatory agencies mandated moratoriums on mortgage foreclosures and evictions and instituted loan forbearance programs. Congress passed stimulus legislation impacting small businesses, employees, and individuals.
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.