Guarantee Housing for Your Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal Step #1: Know Your Assistance Animal- Is it an ESA or a Service Animal?? So, the title is a bit tricky for some. “What is an Assistance Animal?” you might ask. It was in 2013 that HUD provided clarification on this term ‘assistance animal’ since many were confused: “An assistance animal is not a pet. It is an animal that

Disabled persons and housing providers alike are perplexed about who can write an accommodation request letter for a disabled person to verify their disability and disability-related need for their assistance animal. Many housing providers, including a University recently last week, erroneously believe such a letter must come from a physician, and so require a “doctor’s letter” to verify the need before providing the necessary accommodation. Many

The most common reasonable accommodation requests Fair Housing Advocates, Inc. sees being made by disabled persons seeking housing are those addressing their need for an assistance animal when the housing provider has a rule which either forbids animals, limits the breed or size of the animal, or limits where the disable person can bring their assistance animal on the property- like the pool area,

A lot of misunderstanding surrounds the need for a caregiver and the rights a disabled person has to access a caregiver as it relates to housing rights under the Fair Housing Act. As we always do here at Fair Housing Advocates, Inc., we will put away the legal speak and make best efforts to relay to our readers another important fair housing lesson, this time addressing the role of a

Most, if not all, of the pool rules we see which violate the Fair Housing Act were not written to intentionally discriminate against a protected class though that was the unintended outcome. In fact, the rules were most likely written with the intention of creating a safe environment or preventing physical injury to the residents of the community. The Fair Housing Act, however, does not consider the ‘intent’ of the

Today we assisted a disabled military veteran living outside of Atlanta, Georgia who lived on the 3rd floor of an apartment complex and requested from his landlord that he move to a unit on the first floor to accommodate his physical disability which substantially limited his ability to climb stairs, and walk in general. The complainant was a retired US Army veteran who suffered physical injuries to his legs during

Today Fair Housing Advocates, Inc. started to assist a disabled veteran living at an apartment complex near Charleston, South Carolina. The veteran was a retired Marine Corps Sergeant who currently rents a unit at an apartment complex with amenities to include a swimming pool near a clubhouse which has its own parking. His disability is a physical one which affects his lungs and substantially limits his ability to breathe. His

If you are a Disable Veteran, or a family member of a Disabled Veteran, and believe you are being subjected to discriminatory treatment while looking for housing, please see the attached video to learn more about the most common forms of housing discrimination Fair Housing Advocates, Inc. has had to combat in America. Most of the discriminatory housing practices we encounter affect disabled persons with Assistance Animals: Emotional Support Animals,

One of the most common reasons more victims of discrimination do not file fair housing complaints is fear of retaliation. Fearful residents believe that the fair housing complaint process includes HUD immediately notifying the landlord of the complaint against him. If this were true, it would make sense to be concerned about how a landlord might treat the resident while the complaint was being reviewed. Most people wrongly believe that