Arizona Continuing Education COURSE
Assistance Animals and Fair Housing in Arizona (Fair Housing Issues)
Emotional support animals, service animals, and reasonable accommodation. How does the concept of reasonable accommodation as it relates to fair housing law and assistance animals play out in Arizona property management? Must a property manager accept a tenant's emotional support animal, and under what conditions? What proof can a property manager or landlord require of a tenant who claims a need for an emotional support animal? What about homeowners associations—must accommodation be made in these communities? With some airlines accepting miniature horses on board as service animals, can a traveling zoo be far behind? How do the federal and Arizona fair housing acts apply, and where do they stop? This is a topic that sparks questions around what the laws are and how and when they apply in cases of individuals with assistance animals.
This three-hour course explores the issues and options for landlords and property managers surrounding assistance animals, helping real estate professionals recognize scenarios in which the fair housing and disabilities laws apply and helping to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to housing.
- The evolution of federal and Arizona fair housing and disability-related law
- A comparison of the Americans with Disabilities Act/Arizonans with Disabilities Act and the federal and Arizona fair housing acts, and a diagnosis of when the various laws apply
- Definitions related to disability and the types of assistance animals
- A discussion about how to work with clients with assistance animals
- An examination of how to handle requests for reasonable accommodations or modifications
- A look at pets in property and where federal and Arizona law allow them
- Practical application of the laws in property management scenarios
- Interactive activities and scenarios to seal in the new information and frame it in everyday context