In California, noted appeals attorney Jay Allen Eisen’s case [which is close to this $20,000 case out of Utah] , was done in SACRAMENTO CA, Third District Court of Appeals 2004.
AUBURN WOODS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION v. FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING COMMISSION………..http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-court-of-appeal/1010329.html ………clearly finding for the OWNERS.
That case found the reasonable accommodation was refused, and is considered a very precedent setting case for animals [which are assistance animals.]
On the $20,000 decision, this is from a legal blog, fairhousing.foxrothschild.com (see link below) which is about a Utah case where a reasonable accommodation was refused for a small dog.
The action, filed on Nov. 21, 2011, in U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, alleged that the community and property manager refused to grant a reasonable accommodation request so that the resident, a disabled combat veteran of the first Gulf War, could keep a small dog in the condominium he rented to help him cope with the effects of depression and anxiety disorder. The lawsuit further alleged that the defendants refused to waive their pet fees and insurance requirements and issued multiple fines that eventually led to the non-renewal of the resident’s lease.
Under the consent decree, the defendants will pay $20,000 in monetary damages as well as attend fair housing training, implement a new reasonable accommodation policy that does not charge pet fees to owners of service or assistance animals and does not require them to purchase liability insurance, in addition to extra notice, monitoring and reporting requirements.
The lawsuit arose as a result of a discrimination complaint filed by with HUD. After an investigation, HUD issued a charge of discrimination, and the defendants opted to have the case brought in U.S. District Court