United States federal fair housing statutes are serious business.

The Fair Housing Act (FHA), overseen by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has been around since 1968, but has grown in notoriety throughout the years especially as it relates to litigation in common interest communities (CICs). HUD has an entire webpage with examples of housing discrimination.

FHA's most recent update comes in the form of FHEO Notice 2020-01: Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act (vore more on our Emotional Support Animals & Pets page).