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Service Animals and Apartment Living

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provided a guideline for people with disabilities in regards to service animals in public housing with a "no pets" policy. HUD stated under the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act that housing providers are obligated to allow service animals, including those that provide emotional support, to assist people with disabilities as a reasonable accommodation. This guideline makes it crystal clear that the service animal is not a pet and helps people perform tasks related to daily activities of living. Housing providers may require documentation for the service animal in order to determine if an exception can be made for a "no pets" policy.