HUD published Notice FHEO-2020-01 providing guidance on the obligation of housing providers under the Fair Housing Act to allow people with disabilities to have assistance animals as a “reasonable accommodation.”
There are two types of assistance animals, service animals and support animals. These are animals that do work, perform tasks, provide assistance, and/or provide therapeutic emotional support for individuals with disabilities. The guidance provides housing providers with best practices for complying with the Fair Housing Act when assessing requests from people who have disabilities to keep animals in their homes as a reasonable accommodation. Individuals with disabilities and advocates can also benefit from familiarity with the Notice.
(Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition)