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Community Association Building Blocks - The Fair Housing Act and Emotional Support Animals [VIDEO]

The Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits housing providers and their agents and governing bodies, such as Associations, from discriminating against a resident or potential resident, regardless of whether the resident or potential resident will be the owner or listed tenant of the housing unit because of the resident's or potential resident's disability. The FHA makes it unlawful for Associations to refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services when such accommodations may be necessary to afford a person with a disability with an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a housing unit.  In fact, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has explicitly stated that an exception to a "no pets" policy qualifies as a reasonable accommodation. In this webinar, Adam Beaudoin and Kristin Mitcham discussed the FHA, assistance animals, and what an Association should do if an owner, tenant, guest, or other resident requests a reasonable accommodation for an assistance animal.

 

 

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Adam M. Beaudoin, Ward Smith, business entity formation lawyer, articles of incorporation attorney

Adam's practice experience encompasses a broad range of business law and transactional matters, including preparation of all components of business entity formation, including articles of incorporation, articles of organization, bylaws, organizational minutes, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, and partnership agreements. He regularly advises business clients regarding corporate governance, procedural requirements, governing document amendments, and fiduciary duties.  He also has experience preparing all components of nonprofit entity formation, including...

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Kristin Mitcham Real Estate Attorney Ward Smith Law Firm
Real Estate Attorney

Kristin assists real estate owners, developers, and individuals in complex real estate issues, including acquisitions, development, lease agreements, various easement issues, and real estate title searches. As a former commercial lender, Kristin harnesses her experience in the financial lending industry to negotiate, draft, and review various financing transactions, such as purchase and sale agreements and loan documents, for both borrowers and lenders alike. 

Prior to joining Ward and Smith, Kristin served as a law clerk for the Office of General Counsel at AARP Services, Inc.,...

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