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July, 2015

Florida Legislature’s Response to Concerns of False Service Animals May Affect Your Condominium or Homeowners Association

July 21st, 2015

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law,General Practice

Distinguishing between a pet and a service animal has been a common concern for many community associations. In addition to applicable federal law, Section 413.08 of the Florida Statutes provides that an individual with a disability has the right to be accompanied by a service animal in all areas of public accommodation. A “public accommodation” is defined as places to which the general public is invited, such as a hotel or lodging place, and common modes of transportation, such as an airplane or bus. Community associations (particularly a condominium association) may be deemed to be a public accommodation depending on its rental restrictions and other factors.
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