HOA Homefront: Are pets allowed under Fair Housing laws even if CR&Rs say no? (CA)

/ Owner - July 5, 2024

Q: Our CC&Rs state that no animal of any kind shall be kept in any unit. Recently, a resident adopted a large dog. The board approached the resident and a few days later she provided a letter from a psychiatrist stating that she suffers from anxiety and that the dog is a support animal. The letter claims the Federal Fair Housing Act gives her the right to keep the animal despite the CC&Rs. Do HOAs have any recourse in this situation? The resident is a renter, not an owner, if that makes any difference.   Read the Q&A………………………………..

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