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HUD Adopts updated NOTICE on Assistance Animals

30 Jan 2020 7:35 AM | Paula Cleveland (Administrator)

A must read for all property managers. As a NARPM Affiliate vendor, Petscreening is helping us make sense of HUDs ruling


Yesterday, HUD released the rental housing industry’s long anticipated updated Notice on assistance animals in housing accommodations.

PetScreening was notified directly by HUD’s Enforcement Office about the new Notice and commented that our service’s feedback played an important part in the development of the Notice. Our Pack truly appreciates the positive working relationship we have developed with HUD, and we believe this Notice is thoughtful and well-intended to all parties involved.

With the changes set forth in the Notice, we believe there has never been a better time to continue  using our services. For example, in this Notice, HUD has now adopted ADA’s guidelines pertaining to service animals in housing accommodations. This details the appropriate two-question review process specific to service animals. The Notice also maintains the FHAct’s guidelines for support animals and its distinctly different two-question and third-party documentation review process. Housing providers will now need to navigate the difference between service animals and support animals which includes a different permissible review process for each each type of animal.

We have included access to our Chief Legal Counsel’s analysis of the HUD’s FHEO-2020-01 Notice. It’s noteworthy that this Notice is effective immediately. All of our existing clients will not experience any interruption in our service and need to do nothing more than continue focusing on their daily management business.

Woof regards,

The PetScreening Pack

Read PetScreening Chief Legal Counsel's Analysis of HUD FHEO-2020-01 

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