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Major Provisions of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988

The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 establishes an administrative enforcement mechanism, provides stiffer penalties than the present act, and expands its coverage to include disabled persons and families with children. The act, among its more important provisions:

Housing services that are currently offered by all the centers for independent living are listed below. As an established part of their program, they:

Service animals as a reasonable accommodation

One of the areas of disability discrimination that generates many calls to the HUD office is the subject of service animals for persons with disabilities. Housing providers who have "no pets" policies must make a reasonable accommodation to a person with disabilities whose physician has determined that an animal would be beneficial to the treatment and well being of their patient.

If a tenant with a disability provides the housing provider with a written statement from the tenant's treating physician stating that the tenant is under his/her care, and the tenant's mental or physical condition would benefit from having a service animal, the housing provider must allow such animal.

The housing provider may not charge a pet fee, if you feel you are subject to, animal housing discrimination against persons with disabilities, you may contact Carole Boster in the West Virginia HUD office at 304-347-5216, 504 Capitol Street, Suite 708, Charleston, WV 25301.

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