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Code of Federal Regulations. Title 24. Housing and Urban Development. Subtitle B. Regulations Relating to Housing and Urban Development. Chapter IX. Office of Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development. Part 960. Admission to, and Occupancy of, Public Housing. Subpart G. Pet Ownership in Public Housing.



Country of Origin: United States

Agency of Origin: Department of Housing and Urban Development

National Citation: 24 C. F. R. 960.701 - 707

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Summary:   The purpose of this subpart is, in accordance with section 31 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437z-3), to permit pet ownership by residents of public housing, subject to compliance with reasonable requirements established by the public housing agency (PHA) for pet ownership.

Material in Full:

§ 960.701 Purpose.

§ 960.703 Applicability.

§ 960.705 Animals that assist, support, or provide service to persons with disabilities.

§ 960.707 Pet ownership.

 

§ 960.701 Purpose.

The purpose of this subpart is, in accordance with section 31 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437z-3), to permit pet ownership by residents of public housing, subject to compliance with reasonable requirements established by the public housing agency (PHA) for pet ownership.

SOURCE: 40 FR 33446, Aug. 8, 1975; 49 FR 6714, Feb. 23, 1984; 53 FR 33311, Aug. 30, 1988; 53 FR 34413, Sept. 6, 1988; 53 FR 40221, Oct. 14, 1988; 53 FR 44876, Nov. 7, 1988; 54 FR 6886, Feb. 15, 1989; 54 FR 20761, May 12, 1989; 58 FR 39660, July 26, 1993; 59 FR 36655, July 18, 1994; 59 FR 39405, Aug. 2, 1994; 60 FR 14861, March 20, 1995; 65 FR 42522, July 10, 2000, unless otherwise noted.

AUTHORITY: 42 U.S.C. 1437a, 1437c, 1437d, 1437n, 1437z-3, and 3535(d).

 

§ 960.703 Applicability.

This subpart applies to public housing as that term is defined in section 3(b) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a(b)), except that such term does not include public housing developments for the elderly or persons with disabilities. Regulations that apply to pet ownership in such developments are located in part 5, subpart C, of this title.

SOURCE: 40 FR 33446, Aug. 8, 1975; 49 FR 6714, Feb. 23, 1984; 53 FR 33311, Aug. 30, 1988; 53 FR 34413, Sept. 6, 1988; 53 FR 40221, Oct. 14, 1988; 53 FR 44876, Nov. 7, 1988; 54 FR 6886, Feb. 15, 1989; 54 FR 20761, May 12, 1989; 58 FR 39660, July 26, 1993; 59 FR 36655, July 18, 1994; 59 FR 39405, Aug. 2, 1994; 60 FR 14861, March 20, 1995; 65 FR 42522, July 10, 2000, unless otherwise noted.

AUTHORITY: 42 U.S.C. 1437a, 1437c, 1437d, 1437n, 1437z-3, and 3535(d).

 

§ 960.705 Animals that assist, support, or provide service to persons with disabilities.

(a) This subpart G does not apply to animals that assist, support or provide service to persons with disabilities. PHAs may not apply or enforce any policies established under this subpart against animals that are necessary as a reasonable accommodation to assist, support or provide service to persons with disabilities. This exclusion applies to such animals that reside in public housing, as that term is used in § 960.703, and such animals that visit these developments.

(b) Nothing in this subpart G:

(1) Limits or impairs the rights of persons with disabilities;

(2) Authorizes PHAs to limit or impair the rights of persons with disabilities; or

(3) Affects any authority that PHAs may have to regulate service animals that assist, support or provide service to persons with disabilities, under Federal, State, or local law.

SOURCE: 40 FR 33446, Aug. 8, 1975; 49 FR 6714, Feb. 23, 1984; 53 FR 33311, Aug. 30, 1988; 53 FR 34413, Sept. 6, 1988; 53 FR 40221, Oct. 14, 1988; 53 FR 44876, Nov. 7, 1988; 54 FR 6886, Feb. 15, 1989; 54 FR 20761, May 12, 1989; 58 FR 39660, July 26, 1993; 59 FR 36655, July 18, 1994; 59 FR 39405, Aug. 2, 1994; 60 FR 14861, March 20, 1995; 65 FR 42522, July 10, 2000, unless otherwise noted.

AUTHORITY: 42 U.S.C. 1437a, 1437c, 1437d, 1437n, 1437z-3, and 3535(d).

 

§ 960.707 Pet ownership.

(a) Ownership Conditions. A resident of a dwelling unit in public housing, as that term is used in § 960.703, may own one or more common household pets or have one or more common household pets present in the dwelling unit of such resident, subject to the reasonable requirements of the PHA, if the resident maintains each pet:

(1) Responsibly;

(2) In accordance with applicable State and local public health, animal control, and animal anti-cruelty laws and regulations; and

(3) In accordance with the policies established in the PHA Annual Plan for the agency as provided in part 903 of this chapter.

(b) Reasonable requirements. Reasonable requirements may include but are not limited to:

(1) Requiring payment of a non-refundable nominal fee to cover the reasonable operating costs to the development relating to the presence of pets, a refundable pet deposit to cover additional costs attributable to the pet and not otherwise covered, or both;

(2) Limitations on the number of animals in a unit, based on unit size;

(3) Prohibitions on types of animals that the PHA classifies as dangerous, provided that such classifications are consistent with applicable State and local law, and prohibitions on individual animals, based on certain factors, including the size and weight of animals;

(4) Restrictions or prohibitions based on size and type of building or project, or other relevant conditions;

(5) Registration of the pet with the PHA; and

(6) Requiring pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered.

(c) Restriction. A PHA may not require pet owners to have any pet's vocal chords removed.

(d) Pet deposit. A PHA that requires a resident to pay a pet deposit must place the deposit in an account of the type required under applicable State or local law for pet deposits or, if State or local law has no requirements regarding pet deposits, for rental security deposits, if applicable. The PHA shall comply with such applicable law as to retention of the deposit, interest, and return of the deposit or portion thereof to the resident, and any other applicable requirements.

(e) PHA Plan. Unless otherwise provided by § 903.11 of this chapter, Annual Plans are required to contain information regarding the PHA's pet policies, as described in § 903.7(n) of this chapter, beginning with PHA fiscal years that commence on or after January 1, 2001.

SOURCE: 40 FR 33446, Aug. 8, 1975; 49 FR 6714, Feb. 23, 1984; 53 FR 33311, Aug. 30, 1988; 53 FR 34413, Sept. 6, 1988; 53 FR 40221, Oct. 14, 1988; 53 FR 44876, Nov. 7, 1988; 54 FR 6886, Feb. 15, 1989; 54 FR 20761, May 12, 1989; 58 FR 39660, July 26, 1993; 59 FR 36655, July 18, 1994; 59 FR 39405, Aug. 2, 1994; 60 FR 14861, March 20, 1995; 65 FR 42522, July 10, 2000, unless otherwise noted.

AUTHORITY: 42 U.S.C. 1437a, 1437c, 1437d, 1437n, 1437z-3, and 3535(d).

 



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