HUD Updates to VAWA and Reasonable Accommodation with Companion Animals


August 05, 2020


Paul Flogstad

  11:30 AM ET | 10:30 AM CT | 08:30 AM PT | 120 Minutes

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HUD's Final Rule implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 was published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2016. This Final Rule details the requirements for the HUD-covered programs and is effective Dec. 16, 2016. It is important to note that VAWA 2013 also covers the LIHTC and Rural Housing programs, but the Departments of Treasury and Agriculture have not issued their Final Rule for these programs to date. Many state agencies, however, have already incorporated VAWA 2013 compliance into their state requirements.

Reasonable accommodation is one of fair housing’s “hot topics”. This typically accounts for over 50% of the fair housing complaints to HUD in the past year. Reasonable accommodations can be requested during the application process, during tenancy and during an eviction. It is important to learn the correct procedure to ask for, review and implement this important action. Reasonable accommodations are requested because of a disability of either physical or mental issues. It is important that one understand the definition of disability and when it come into play to allow a disabled person to enjoy the same quality of life as an non-disabled individua.

This course has the recent updates on assistive animals that came out from HUD on February 1st.

Also covered will be the new updates concerning harassment. Landlords now must become involved to a greater extent if there are claims of harassment. We will cover what this new involvement will encompass.

All of these problems are a daily occurrence at most properties. This webinar will give you fresh ideas to deal with the issues and the residents involved. You will learn to not run afoul of fair housing issues when dealing with these situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand fair housing issues and how they impact your property
  • Understand the need for accommodations
  • Understand the fair housing laws about accommodations
  • Know timeframe for requesting and granting of accommodations
  • What properties fall under fair housing/ accommodation laws

We will also go over the following:

  • Definition of reasonable accommodation
  • Definition of disability
  • When an accommodation is needed
  • Deference between an accommodation and modification
  • Understanding of companion animal/ service animal issue
  • Understanding what is “reasonable”
  • Reviewing HUD’s clarification rule just issued with respect to assistive animals.

Who Will Benefit:

  • Property owners
  • Leasing Consultants
  • Housing Authority Staff
  • Tax credit compliance staff
  • Developers
  • Attorney’s
  • Accountants
  • Builders