CAI is pleased to report that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has taken an important step to address concerns related to documentation from a “reliable third party” regarding emotional support animals. HUD Secretary Ben Carson asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate websites selling assistance animal documentation.
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.