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New Guidance on Assistance Animals

HUD Rule Addresses Fair Housing Accommodation

 Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fair Housing

Published Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Good news for investors and property managers—new guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) aims to combat incidents in which homeowners and tenants request an assistance animal without qualifying for such accommodations.

In recent years there has been a significant uptick in people abusing the Fair Housing Act by trying to pass their pet off as an assistance animal. On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, HUD released new guidance on "Assessing a Person's Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act," superseding the previous guidance issued in 2013.

This guidance is HUD's attempt at addressing fraud and ensuring that accommodations are available for those who need them. The rule outlines what information a housing provider can request and consider when deciding to grant a reasonable accommodation.

HUD's press release is available online. Read more about the guidance at