If I don't accept pets in my rent apartment do I have to accept service dogs by law?

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Maria Lemos:
With a documented medical need of the animal yes you do. There are few exceptions to who must follow fair housing law. All others must accept service dogs with proper documentation. You can require a note form a doctor but you cannot ask or require proof of the diagnosis or disability.

Exempt: (a) owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units (which is commonly known as the Mrs. Murphy exemption); (b) single family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker if the private individual owner does not own more than three such single family homes at one time; or (c) housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

So if you are not one of those you must grant the reasonable accommodation.

loanmasterone:
You are required by law to accept all service animals into your rental. Normally the disability of the person having the service dog would be very obvious to you.

Emotional support animals are a different bag of worms. In some states and cities, such as Los Angeles, California they are considering making it mandatory that emotional support animals be allowed in rental units. The last I know the city counsel had not pasted enacted this law as of yet.

You might have a tenant that is better financially qualified than the one that has a service dog. This is the tenant I would select.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.

"FIGHT ON"

Elaine M:
If it is a legitimate service animal there will be documentation on the dog. Seeing eye dogs, helper dogs, any dog that's trained is also certified. Yes, you would have to accept them BUT you can have the person pay a security deposit for the dog as well, in case of damage to the apartment, which would be returned when the person moves out if the dog did no damage.

ESA (emotional support animals) are not certified.

coraann:
Most dogs that are claimed to be service dogs,actually,are not. All service dogs
require a certificate proving all the training that was completed. A landlord needs to
check the certificate. If you do not permit pets, then get around it. Otherwise, you
may lose other tenants that will not reside in any building where there are pets.
Hunter:
Yes, you would have to accept them BUT you can have the person pay a security deposit for the dog as well, in case of damage to the apartment, which would be returned when the person moves out if the dog did no damage.where people try to claim they are a Service Animal when in reality they are just trying to take advantage of laws.
Nuff Sed:
Service dogs are not considered pets. They are associated with a disability and, as such, you cannot discriminate against the tenant who has one. However, this is not a blank check for any service dog to annoy others or damage the apartment without repercussions, just as a person with a disability is not allowed to violate all of the rules.
Samantha:
in the us, in most cases you must accept any assistance animal including service animals (not just dogs in housing), emotional support animals, personal therapy animals, etc……

some landlords are exempt…

under fha, you cannot ask for documentation if the disability and service are obvious… you can only ask if it is not obvious…

a doctors note would be proof of a disability………but it would be general, not the specific diagnosis… it may say something like detects and alerts to a disabling medical condition………

if your housing also falls under ada, you cannot ask for documentation for a service dog at all…

probably the only fully correct answer…

esas are not a 'different bag of worms'

numerous disabilities are not obvious

you cannot charge a security deposit (except in some govt subsidized housing)

you can only ask for documentation if the disability/service in not obvious

R P:
If you are in the USA, yes, you must accept service animals and ESA's …*unless* you own less than four single family properties and you do not use a property management company.
Donna:
in the us, in most cases you must accept any assistance animal including service animals (not just dogs in housing), emotional support animals, personal therapy animals, etc……

some landlords are exempt…

under fha, you cannot ask for documentation if the disability and service are obvious… you can only ask if it is not obvious…

a doctors note would be proof of a disability………but it would be general, not the specific diagnosis… it may say something like detects and alerts to a disabling medical condition………

if your housing also falls under ada, you cannot ask for documentation for a service dog at all…

probably the only fully correct answer…

esas are not a 'different bag of worms'

numerous disabilities are not obvious

you cannot charge a security deposit (except in some govt subsidized housing)

you can only ask for documentation if the disability/service in not obvious

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