Part 2 - "Stop Internet Animal Verification Fraud!" HUD to FTC

HUD's Letter As discussed in the first article in the series, conscientious providers of housing are deeply concerned with the right of residents who need accommodations to rules because of disabilities. One accommodation to pet rules that many persons with disabilities benefit from is an allowance to have assistance animals. These may address physical or emotional needs. Many of our clients have asked about apparently predatory websites that sell "verification" or "certification" of assistance animals relating to disabilities. We did an investigation on one of these websites, which we concluded was almost surely fraudulent, as documented in the first article of this series. Usually a person

Part 1- Internet Animal Verification: Fraud?

Our Investigation Conscientious providers of housing are deeply concerned with the right of residents who need accommodations to regular rules relating to a disability. One accommodation to pet rules that many persons with disabilities truly benefit from is an allowance to have assistance animals. These can provide physical or emotional support. Fair Housing guidance from HUD and the Department of Justice indicates that, when a disability or a disability-related need is not obvious, an owner may seek reliable verification of the disability and how the requested accommodation assists the person with the disability. Many of our clients have asked about websites that sell "verification" or "cer

Moving on Up!

Part 7: Tax Credit Household Transfer Rules In this series, we cover the basics of tax credit compliance and how to research answers to questions tax credit professionals have in their daily practice. In this Basics article, the focus will be on household transfers for tax credit properties. As continued household eligibility for units is one of the fundamental requirements of tax credit housing, this is a crucial topic to understand. Because of costs involved, many owner/agents may seek to limit household transfers, especially during a household’s initial lease term. However, there are times when a good household can be retained by allowing a transfer to a unit they prefer at lease renewal.

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