HUD Releases Guidance for Accommodation Requests for Assistance AnimalsAgency clarifies whether internet certificates are valid and the types of animals that can provide emotional support The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released guidance yesterday for individuals requesting an accommodation for an assistance...
HUD Takes Important Steps to Address Concerns Regarding Emotional Support Animals
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.
CAI Calls on HUD to Clarify Emotional Support Animals
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.