N.J. Condo Association Charged with Discriminating Against Resident with Disabilities

HUD recently charged a New Jersey condominium association with housing discrimination after its management company allegedly refused to allow a resident with disabilities to keep an assistance animal.

Federal fair housing law prohibits housing providers from denying or limiting housing to people with disabilities, or from refusing to make reasonable accommodations so that those with disabilities can use and enjoy their housing.

“Assistance animals enable persons with disabilities to fully enjoy their home and are an accommodation that shouldn’t be denied,” Anna María Farías, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, said in a statement. “HUD will continue to take appropriate action when housing providers fail to comply with the requirements of the Fair Housing Act.”

HUD's charge will be heard by an administrative judge unless either party elects to take the matter to federal court.