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Pet Policy


The Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 (Housing Reform Act of 1998) added Section 31, Pet Ownership in Public Housing, to the United States Housing Act of 1937. Section 31 establishes pet ownership requirements for residents of public housing other than public housing developments for the elderly or persons with disabilities.

This Pet Ownership Policy (Policy) establishes the rules and conditions under which a pet may be kept in the Lenoir Housing Authority (hereinafter referred to as PHA) developments in order to provide a safe, decent, and sanitary living environment for existing residents, PHA employees, and the public, and to preserve the physical condition of the PHA property.

For the purposes of this Policy, the term "resident" applies to the pet owner of the approved pet.

A. Reasonable Accommodations
Assistance/service animals are animals that assist, support or provide service to persons with disabilities, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). This Pet Ownership Policy does not apply to assistance/service animals. Owners of assistance/service animals must comply with the Assistance and Service Animal Policy.

B. Changes in Laws and Regulations
In the event, applicable law or regulation is modified or eliminated, or a new law or regulation is adopted, the revised law or regulation shall, to the extent inconsistent with this Policy, automatically supersede this Policy.

The PHA will revise this Policy periodically as approved by the PHA Board of Commissioners.

Pet Ownership Rules

Pet Violation Procedures