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|FHA and ADA both cover disabilities... FHA is for your "private" residency and ADA covers you outside the home, "public"..
They also cover Service Dogs and both of them have their own regulations.
Service Animal Categorized - FHA
The Fair Housing Act does not define "service animal" per se, and does not make a distinction among certified service animals, non-certified animals, animals that provide psychological support, and service animals in training that live with the people with disabilities for whom they will work. The Act does not have restrictions about who may train the animal. However, the Act recognizes that service animals are necessary for the individuals with disabilities who have them, and as such does not categorize service animals as "pets." Service animals, then, cannot be subjected to "pet rules" that may be applied by housing providers to companion (non service) animals. Housing providers cannot, for example, impose upon service animals the size or weight restrictions of a pet rule, exclusions from areas where people are generally welcome, or access restrictions to only a particular door or elevator. Further, special tags, equipment, "certification" or special identification of service animals cannot be required. Judith Keeler, Director, U.S. Dept. of HUD, Northwest Alaska Area Fair, Housing Enforcement Center, states that it is HUD's position that no deposit may be charged for the service animal.
The Act does not specifically limit the number of service animals an individual with a disability may have. Requests for multiple service animals may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. It is possible that housing providers may impose limitations if it can be demonstrated that an individual's request for reasonable accommodation exceeds what is necessary for that person to have full use and enjoyment of the premises.
I've already told my complex last year that I would have a SDIT, Service Dog, and ESA (cat) living on my premises. The two dogs have their jobs to do to migate my disability (physical) and my cat keeps me calm thru all the pain I endure... The FHA told me if they refuse the new SDIT (FHA says the dog in tng is not an emotional support animal, but a service dog who's in the process of learning his job skills) then I have to put in a complaint... Also, he said "Don't you have to take your dog out for training purposes?" I said "yes" and AZ laws allow SDIT the same rights as a fully trained Service Dogs in the public arena...
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