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Associations Beware: Service Animals Protected by Fair Housing Act
The Henri Frank Group at Remax Preferred located in Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Plantation and Hillsboro Shores in South Florida. I thought we should bring this story to all those associations, homeowners and condominium associations that this is serious business. Landlords too must follow the Fair Housing Act so beware as the use of service-animals grow.
The Fair Housing Act is responsible for more than simply defend renters and homeowners who utilize support-service animals but also protects residents in need of a furry companion for emotional support as well. This does not refer to the typical relationship between pet owners and their companions. The Fair Housing Act supports residents and potential residents that depend on an animal for emotional support.
This element has been question by many landlords and homeowner associations since many already have rules put into play regarding pet deposits which are null and void when protected by The Fair Housing Act.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently disclosed that they’ve signed a Conciliation Agreement with Point Three East Condominium Association located Aventura, Florida based on this same problem. The condo management was firmly against one of their residents taking in an emotional support animal, even after the resident had medical records to validate her need of an emotional support.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also reported that some of the executives that turned down this request of this resident to have an emotional support in her unit currently has or had an animal in their homes. The terms of the agreement stated that Point East Three Condominium Association must permit the resident to keep her emotional support animal and has also agreed to compensating her $18,000. Along with this, the condominium association will now enforce a practical accommodation policy and provide training for all board members on The Fair Housing Act.
A regional director from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) indicated that condo associations are not excused from following the terms of the Fair Housing Act. He protests that the terms and business dealings can’t judge or discriminate against individuals with emotional or physical disabilities and will continue to protect the rights of these citizens.