What Housing Providers Need to Know About Service Animals
By Jason Rose, www.123ConEd.com
(123 ConEd LLC -- Michigan real estate continuing education)
Under the Fair Housing Act, a housing provider cannot refuse housing to someone who is disabled because of their disability. Just as important, the law requires housing providers to accommodate a person’s disability by changing or modifying a rule or policy or practice when doing so is necessary to give the disabled person equal opportunity to use and enjoy his or her unit. Under the Fair Housing Act, a housing provider who has established a "no pet" policy must allow a disabled resident to keep a service animal as a reasonable accommodation. The housing provider must allow the disabled resident to keep the service animal if three conditions are met: (1) the resident must meet the definition of handicap as defined in the fair housing law; (2) the housing provider must know about or sh...