Revised Rules for “Service Animals” under ADA


Finally! Clarification from the Department of Justice on the new rules for implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it pertains to “Service Animals.” The publication can be found here.


It’s important to note that ADA and Fair Housing laws are NOT the same. Fair Housing Law provides for a much broader definition of “Service Animal.” More on that here.


The new ADA rules state, in part:


Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.


The publication goes on to say:


This definition does not affect or limit the broader definition of “assistance animal” under the Fair Housing Act or the broader definition of “service animal” under the Air Carrier Access Act.


If you manage office buildings, retail properties, or industrial properties, this new publication should prove extremely useful in helping your office draft policy pertaining to Service Animals for your clients and customers.


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Assistance Animals – Clearing the Confusion



A few months back, I posted a blog addressing both ADA and Fair Housing laws, and the differences between the two in terms of how each deals with the subject of “assistance animals.”

It seems the recent amendments to ADA that limit such animals to trained dogs, continues to present a good deal of confusion to the housing provider community. I’ve received numerous emails from property managers, homeowner association managers, landlords and tenants, all under the assumption that the new ADA rules somehow apply to their private housing. Nothing could be further from the truth.


In this post, I hope to put the confusion to rest.


ADA applies to public property only


Unless your rental property is open to the public (i.e., you rent your pool or clubhouse to persons who don’t live in your community, or your property is an office building, store, etc.), ADA does not apply to your propertyContinue reading “Assistance Animals – Clearing the Confusion”


New federal bill proposes to amend ADA, requiring notice before lawsuit.

ADA Notification Act of 2011

For those of us who manage public buildings (offices, restaurants, movie theaters, etc.), there’s a new bill being considered on a federal level that, if approved, will amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to require notice to the property owner of alleged ADA violations before a lawsuit can be filed.


H.R. 881 is known as the “ADA Notification Act of 2011.” The amendment would essentially require persons with disabilities to provide a minimum of 90 days to property owners to correct alleged violations before filing legal action.

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