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John Morris Presents on Emotional Support Animals

September 6, 2018


John Morris presented for the local Community Association Institute (CAI) chapter on the nuanced legal issues surrounding emotional support animals, sometimes referred to as "companion animals," "comfort animals," "ESA's," or even improperly as "service animals." This issue is exploding in Utah community associations, including condominium associations and PUDs. Not only is the issue arising more often, it is complicated and a potential trap for unadvised condominium associations and other community associations. The Fair Housing Act, both in Utah and federally, has very specific legal requirements that must be complied with when a request for accommodation has been made. Even the determination of whether a request for accommodation has been made or not can be difficult. The lawyers at Morris Sperry deal with the Fair Housing Act on a daily basis, both prosecuting and defending complaints with the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division and with HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development). No other law firm in Utah has as much experience with community associations, emotional support animals, and the Fair Housing Act.

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