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HOA Must Allow Emotional Support Animal

by Paul Danborn

A condominium HOA with a no-pet rule was found liable for violating the Fair Housing Act after refusing to allow an owner suffering from depression and anxiety to keep his dog.  The owner provided a letter from his psychiatrist documenting his disability and need for the dog, but the HOA refused to negotiate or provide any accommodation.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the HUD Secretary’s determination that the HOA discriminated against the disabled owner.