Some good news for community associations struggling with questionable requests for the approval of emotional support animals: The Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to issue revised guidelines later this year focusing on ESA requests and approvals. According to The National Association of Realtors, the new guidelines should give landlords, property managers and community associations greater authority to verify that the need for such an animal is legitimate.
The NAR reports it has had separate conversations with HUD and disability rights groups. Senior Policy Representative Megan Booth recently told attendees at a conference that the disability rights groups have expressed concerns over the widespread abuse of requests for companion animals, as they believe it is already making it more difficult for residents with legitimate needs to receive the approvals they require.
It appears that the new HUD guidance will be specifically aimed at curtailing the use of online ESA certification mills.