Before we get started this week, a note regarding our ongoing discussion concerning whether a housing provider must accommodate a visiting emotional support animal. If you recall, we first opined that such accommodation was probably unnecessary, but we then received an opinion from an attorney with an advocacy organization, who stated that allowing “guest” emotional support animals is certainly required under the statute. So to split the tie, we asked the question of the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity—and we were told that the Fair Housing Act would not require an association to allow a guest to bring their emotional support animal onto the property, but that such a request might fall within the Americans With Disabilities Act, where it applies. Again, we think opinions differ because there is no clear answer to this unusual question.
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