Question: The issue of “sober houses” and other types of group homes has arisen in our community. We would like to know if we can amend our homeowners’ association documents to prohibit such uses? (S.W. by e-mail) Answer: In 2016, the Florida Legislature adopted the “Florida Sober Home Bill,” which creates a new certification for… Continue Reading
Question: In a previous blog you stated that under some circumstances an association may be required to designate a particular parking space for an owner’s use if they were handicapped. What provision of the fair housing laws would require such a designation? L.K. (via e-mail) Answer: I believe you are referring to my December 4,… Continue Reading
Question: We live in a large gated community of over a thousand homes. Our homeowners’ association’s swimming pool is inaccessible to people with severe disabilities. Is there any way to force our HOA to provide a lift for those that need help to enter the pool? J.C. (via e-mail) Answer: Under the Americans with Disabilities… Continue Reading
Question: In a condominium that permits short term rentals, must the property be ADA compliant and who must make these modifications or alterations? J.B. (via e-mail) Answer: This is an extremely complex area of law. Important additional facts would include when the building was constructed, how many units are rented out on a short term… Continue Reading
Question: How many handicapped parking spaces is our community required to have, where must they be placed and what local, state or federal law governs? J.B. (via e-mail) Answer: The requirements for handicapped parking spaces in any community can vary greatly depending on the age of the community, the type of community, the number of… Continue Reading
We have recently been receiving information about some resort-type private communities who are being sued by an ADA Tester who visits these private communities and claims that he has been denied full and equal access and full and equal enjoyment of the facilities, services, goods and amenities within the community. Since some private communities provide… Continue Reading
There has been press about a case pending in Miami-Dade County over whether an owner is entitled to keep a dog in his unit as a reasonable accommodation for his disability. Issues concerning service and emotional support animals are highly charged and can result in significant liability for an association. As we have discussed in… Continue Reading
Is your HOA or condo board seeing more and more requests for exceptions to your pet rules? What about requests for specific parking spots or deviations from your architectural rules? Afraid saying no to any request will trigger a costly and stressful discrimination complaint against your HOA? Take charge of the process for handling requests… Continue Reading
Question: We live in a villa home. Our community has a private golf course and similar recreational facilities. Our local association has a “no pet rule.” We are told that the ADA requires us to permit pets even if we have a rule to the contrary. This does not make sense to me. Can you… Continue Reading
Fair Housing accommodation cases receive a lot of press. It seems like there are more and more cases all the time, most of which are resolved at the investigative/agency level than actually filed in court or go to trial. HUD issued a memorandum reminding housing providers of their obligations pursuant to the federal laws with… Continue Reading
A condominium association and its management company paid $20,000 to settle an emotional support animal accommodation case.
HUD charges another condominium association with discrimination as a result of its policies (and practices) related to service or accommodation animals.
The case against a condo association in Century Village reported by the Sun-Sentinel prompted me to alert readers of the consequences associated with violations of state and federal fair housing laws. If you aren’t familiar with the case click HERE for the most recent article. In short, Broward County filed a lawsuit against the condominium association for discrimination and… Continue Reading
Which Controls – the ADA or FHAA? The ADA prohibits discrimination by private entities such as hotels, motels, inns, and other “places of public accommodation.” Discrimination under the ADA includes the failure to remove architectural and communication barriers that are structural in nature in existing facilities where such removal is readily achievable. Title III of the… Continue Reading
The Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in any activities relating to the sale or rental of a dwelling because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. The term “familial status” is defined as one or more individuals (who have not yet attained the age of 18 years) being domiciled with a… Continue Reading
Federal Court Rules in Favor of Condominium Association in Pet Accommodation/Disability Claim.
Pet or Service Animal – How does a Community Association Decide? Ruling from a Federal District Court Allows Community Associations to Request Additional Information.
Condominium rules that ban or limit the size of dogs, cats and other household pets are controversial.