[nagdu] Question of Fair Housing Act

National Association of Guide Dog Users blind411 at verizon.net
Thu Jul 25 12:27:18 UTC 2013

	According to the Fair Housing Act, landlords must grant reasonable
accommodations to those with service animals by modifying their "No Pets"
policy and waiving any deposits; however, the tenant is required to make a
written request and document that the animal is a medical necessity. Under
the FHA, the definition of a service animal is broader than that of the ADA
and includes animals that offer comfort. The definition makes no reference
to the requirement that the animal be specifically trained to perform a
task. The enforcement agency for the FHA is the Department of Housing &
Urban Development (HUD). The FHA only applies to the residence and the
direct path to it. It does not include the public areas, such as a pool,
clubhouse, fitness center, etc. Those areas are covered by the ADA whose
enforcement agency is the Department of Justice (DOJ). I hope this helps!

Fraternally yours,
Marion Gwizdala

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Janice Toothman
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:23 PM
To: NAGDU Mailing List, the National Association of Guide Dog Users
Subject: [nagdu] Question of Fair Housing Act

Does the Fair Housing Act exempt a renter from paying the pet security
deposit and monthly pet fee?

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