April 24, 2020 6 minutes to read · 1300 words

HUD’s New Guidance on Assistance Animals

By Matthew W. Dietz

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On January 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published new guidance on Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).1 The goal: explaining what is required to maintain an assistance. HUD felt considerable pressure to issue guidance, especially from the housing industry, which believed that tenants would abuse the act by claiming a disability as a work-around to no-pets policies.

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