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Navigating the 2020 Assistance Animal Notice: Is That Chicken Unique?

Total Credits: 1.0 CLE

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Animal Law |  Real Property
Lydia Peirce Linsmeier
Original Program Date:
Apr 29, 2021


The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued FHEO-2020-01 or Assistance Animal Notice (“AAN”) on January 28, 2020.  The AAN is a two part document that assists housing providers properly evaluate requests for assistance animals.  

Learn how to navigate the flow chart in Section I “Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation under the Fair Housing Act” and the key questions your clients should be asking.  Section II “Guidance on Documenting an Individual’s Need for Assistance Animals in Housing” clarifies prior guidance regarding medical documentation, and creates a new category of ‘unique’ animals.  

Explore common scenarios, with an emphasis on community associations and restrictive covenants - you will learn how to process a request for assistance chickens.  

Lydia A. Peirce Linsmeier, Esq., 
Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, LLP



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Lydia Peirce Linsmeier is a Partner in the Tempe office of Carpenter Hazlewood Delgado & Bolen LLP. Lydia began her legal career as a sole practitioner concentrating on animal and equine law. In 2011, Lydia joined a Valley firm and developed a unique practice area that is sensitive to the role of animals in a community association setting.

As part of the insurance defense practice group, Lydia successfully defends claims in both state and federal court, and the Office of Administrative Hearings. Lydia’s general counsel foundation and in-depth understanding of Arizona community association law makes her ideal for representing the interests of associations at every stage, from pre-litigation to trial.

Lydia is passionate about fair housing and disability access issues, and teaches fair housing seminars to managers, associations, and the public. Assistance and service animals are always a contentious issue, and Lydia enjoys educating associations locally and nationally on how to best implement both the spirit and law of the Fair Housing Act.

Currently serving on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Arizona Animal Law Section, Lydia routinely teaches and writes on animal law topics, including her ‘Community Animal’ column. She spends her spare time hanging out with a variety of mutts and attempting to grow antique roses.