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Misrepresentation of Service Animals

Communities must recognize the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive the assistance they need within their home and must comply with federal laws guaranteeing such rights. These statutes make it a crime to fraudulently represent that a person has the right to be accompanied by a service animal. This may simply involve the use of a harness, vest, or orange leash that typically identifies as a dog as a service animal. Violations are usually a misdemeanor. There is not consensus in the  community association legal that these laws may be helpful for housing providers like community associations.

The states shaded below have statutes related to the misrepresentation of service animals. Pennsylvania is the only state that specifically defines service animals within a community association.

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