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Two New HUD Guidance Documents for Section 811

On April 30, HUD and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released new joint guidance on the Fair Housing Act’s design and construction accessibility requirements. It revisits the key requirements of the act and the applicability to properties as well as more nuanced requirements of the law relative to ground floor units, lofts or sunken living rooms, finished living space, additions to pre-1991 properties, elevator properties and others.

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On April 25, HUD published new guidance clarifying the distinctions between “assistance animals” and “service animals” for purposes of compliance with the Fair Housing Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Specifically, the notice indicates that the recently amended ADA’s more narrow definition of a “service animal” – “a dog trained to do work or perform tasks,” does not apply when determining compliance with the Fair Housing Act.

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