Part one of this series article addressed whether homeowners associations are required to allow support dogs in common areas where dogs may otherwise be prohibited. This article will address whether homeowners and condominium associations are required to make reasonable accommodations for “assistance animals” which may otherwise be prohibited by the association’s rules and regulations. Assistance animals, as defined by the Fair Housing Act (FHA), include more than just service dogs as defined by the ADA.
Service animals or service dogs in common areas of a homeowners association or condominium association have ADA considerations.
Most residential homeowners and condominium associations have restrictive covenants or rules regulating the size, number or types of pets owners may keep in their residences. Some associations may prohibit pets in the common areas or amenities. Associations regularly enforce these restrictions by issuing notice to owners who are in violation requiring the owners to take some kind of corrective action. Sometimes owners respond that the animal is a service animal and therefore the owners are not required to comply with applicable restrictions, rules or regulations.
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