Below are questions and answers on the final rule "Changes
to the Admission and Occupancy Requirements in the Public Housing
and Section 8 Housing Assistance Programs," published on March
Q1: Must a PHA consult with the Resident Advisory Board in developing
a pet policy?
A1: Because the pet policy is a part of the PHA Plan, the Resident
Advisory Board has a role in development of the pet policy.
Q2: Can a PHA require a resident to have a pet spayed or neutered?
A2: A PHA is permitted to establish reasonable requirements,
which may include having the pet spayed or neutered.
Q3: Can a PHA require a resident to have a pets vocal chords
A3: PHAs are prohibited from requiring that pet owners remove
their pets vocal chords.
Q4: Can a PHA charge both a pet deposit and a pet fee?
A4: A PHA is permitted to establish reasonable requirements that
may include 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 presence of the pet in the unit and
not otherwise covered, or both.
Q5: Can a public housing resident own more than one pet?
A5: Ownership of pets in public housing must be consistent with
reasonable requirements established by the PHA.
Q6: Can a resident have a pit bull as a pet?
A6: In establishing reasonable requirements, the PHA may place
a prohibition on types of animals it 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 the animals.
Q7: Can a PHA require a resident to register a pet?
Q8: Is a resident allowed to keep another persons pet temporarily
(for example, for a 2-week period while a friend is out of town)?
A8: Only if the PHAs pet policy permits it.
Q9: When must a PHA begin to to include its pet policies in its
A9: Pet policies must be a part of the PHA Plan beginning with
PHA fiscal years that commence on or after January 1, 2001.