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PHA Approval of Pets

All pets must be registered and approved by the PHA prior to the pet being brought onto PHA property.

1. The resident must update the pet's registration with the PHA annually. The pet registration must include:

  1. A certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian or a state or local authority stating that the pet has received all inoculations required by applicable State and local law and proof of spay/neuter is required,
  2. A photograph of the pet (to identify the pet as a common household pet), and
  3. The name, address, and phone number of one or more responsible persons who will care for the pet if the resident dies is away from the unit for more than twenty-four (24) hours, is incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to care for the pet.

2. Pets of visiting guests are prohibited from PHA property, with the exception of an assistance animal to assist a visitor with disabilities.

3. The PHA may refuse to register a pet if:

  1. The pet is not a common household pet,
  2. Keeping of the pet would violate applicable PHA Pet Rules,
  3. The resident fails to provide complete pet registration information or fails to update the pet registration annually, or
  4. The PHA reasonably determines, based on the resident's habits and practices, that he/she will be unable to keep the pet in compliance with the PHA Pet Rules and other Dwelling Lease Obligations. The PHA may consider the pet's temperament as a factor in this determination.

4. If the PHA refuses to register a pet, the PHA will notify the resident, stating the PHA's basis for the refusal, by sending a letter by first-class mail or by serving a copy of the notice to any adult answering the door at the tenant's leased dwelling unit. If no adult responds, the PHA will place the notice under or through the door, if possible, or will attach it to the door.