Understanding the Rules for Companion Animals

by Chris on March 19, 2012

Did you know that companion animal rules also apply to persons who are associated with the tenant?

A Nevada landlord is facing discrimination charges after telling his tenants that a frequent visitor could not bring his emotional support dog onto the rental property.

Recently, there have been a number of news stories regarding landlords who have been accused of discrimination because of their pet policies.

These cases highlight confusion over the companion animal rules. Part of that confusion stems from the fact that these situations are resolved on a case-by-case basis, making it more difficult for landlords to adopt a uniform policy.

Here are some commonly asked questions and answers concerning companion animals:

Do small landlord businesses have to follow the companion animal rules?

Companion animal laws come from both the federal Fair Housing Act and its prohibition against discrimination on the basis of disability, and from state and local laws that do the same thing. According to HUD, the FHA applies to most landlords, except those properties which are owner-occupied with four or fewer units.

The state rules are usually more strict. For instance, a state may only exempt owner-occupied properties. It’s important to find out if there are any state or local laws regarding companion animals.

When a local housing authority is investigating a charge of discrimination, they often rely on regulations interpreting the FHA, so it’s important for all landlords to know those rules, too.

HUD is the agency of the government that oversees the FHA. The Department of Justice is also involved in prosecuting FHA cases.  Companion animals are considered a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability.

When a tenant or rental prospect complains about discrimination, the landlord may not know about it right away. It is common for the housing agency or for HUD to send in fake applicants called testers to try to catch the landlord in the act of discrimination. These testers will adapt a profile — like a disabled person with a companion cat, and record the communications between the landlord and tenant.

It is critical for a landlord to know how to deal with companion animal requests, and to treat all requests in the same way.

What is a companion animal? Is it the same as a service animal?

A companion animal is an animal that is prescribed for a tenant with a disability to treat the disability, including helping the person cope with the disability. While technically that’s not the same thing as a service animal, under the Fair Housing rules, the distinction does not matter — both have to be allowed into the rental property if prescribed for a tenant with a disability to assist with that disability.

While this distinction isn’t important to HUD, it is very important to a landlord. While service animals may undergo rigorous training which includes the socialization skills the animal needs to live in a rental environment, a companion animal may not receive any training at all.

There appear to be no restrictions on how the tenant chooses the individual animal, or what type of animal the tenant can choose.

However, it is illegal for a landlord to question the tenant regarding the training level of the companion animal.

Can anyone “prescribe” a companion animal for the tenant?

The fair housing rules provide great leeway regarding who can prescribe a companion pet. The person does not have to be a doctor. They simply need to be “qualified to treat the disability”, and the animal must be useful in the treatment of the disability, typically by providing emotional support. There are no specific licensing  requirements or skills that the person must possess.

What do you do when another tenant is allergic or has asthma?

HUD suggests looking at these situations on a case-by-case basis. A landlord is not allowed to deny a request for a companion animals based on fears that this situation may occur in the future. If faced with an actual situation, the landlord who denies the request for the animal still may be investigated for discrimination. The landlord can raise defenses at this point, including documentation proving that the other tenant would be harmed, would have to move out,  or that the landlord would suffer some specific financial hardship if they grant the request for the animal.

Can I charge a pet deposit or pet rent to cover the damage the pet may cause?

No. The companion animal is not considered a pet, therefore the landlord cannot charge any addition funds — a deposit, higher rent, pet rent, or change the conditions of the lease for the tenant with a disability who requests a companion animal.

Can I apply my pet rules to the companion animal?

The landlord must modify any existing pet policies, whether a “no-pets” policy or restrictions on the type, size or other factors regarding the pet. The companion animal is legally not a pet.

However, local or state rules which govern animals in residences likely still apply. This means that if your city has a ban on pit bulls, the companion animal cannot be a pit bull. (One local HUD division representative indicated that they have received complaints from tenants who wish to have pit bulls as companion animals.)

If the city or state regulates the number of animals, or the animal’s droppings violate the law, HUD’s position so far has been that the landlord does not have the right to waive those local laws — only their own policies.

Can I deny the request for a companion animal?

The landlord can deny the request if the person making the request is not legally disabled, if the animal is not prescribed for treatment of that specific disability, or if keeping the animal creates an undue burden, like harming others, forcing the landlord to break the law, or causing a significant financial burden the landlord.

Landlords must be very careful not to apply their own standard on determining whether a companion animal is justified. An Oregon landlord was sued for denying a request for a companion dog consistent with a no-pets policy. The tenant suffered from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, arthritis and fibromyalgia. The landlord told the tenant that a dog would only be justified if she were blind; however, he would allow her to have a fish or a bird.

Can I require documentation before I decide whether to allow the animal?

If the disability is obvious, and therefore the need for the animal is obvious, a landlord is warned not to ask for specific documentation or otherwise burden the tenant.

However, if the disability is not obvious or not known, the landlord can ask for simple verification of the disability and the need for the animal as treatment if that link is not obvious. For instance, if a tenant who is in a wheelchair asks for a companion animal, the link between the disability and the animal may not be obvious. In that situation, the landlord could ask for some verification.

A letter from the person treating the disability stating the animal is necessary is considered sufficient documentation.

What do I do if the animal causes damage?

HUD’s position is that any other remedies that are available under the lease agreement  generally will be enforceable. That means that the landlord should be able to deduct damage from the general security deposit, or pursue a tenant for the damage in court, regardless of that person’s disability.

The tenant is generally expected to clean up after the animal and provide for its day-to-day care, subject to any local laws regarding the care and maintenance of an animal.


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pamela March 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

What about if the companion or service animal is for the child of the tenant. Technically the child does not sign the lease, in Indiana, do the same rules apply?

What are the questions you can ask about the animal?

Can you ask the previous landlord any questions about the animal? Are they obligated to answer? If so, what questions would they be?

Chris March 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

If the animal is for the tenant’s child, the same rules apply. In Indiana, or any individual state, the Fair Housing Act still applies, along with any state law which could be more restrictive (tenant-friendly). You can’t ask questions about the animal, except whether it is prescribed for the tenant’s specific disability. I don’t believe you can deny the tenant’s request based on information received from a previous landlord, except for maybe if it relates to the tenant’s legal right to have the companion animal, or if that landlord incurred a huge expense because of it — if you deny the request based on a reference you may still have to explain yourself to the housing authority. Hope that helps. Chris

Michael Elmore June 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

In California as a landlord can you require prospective or current residents to provide documentation of the animal being a “companion animal”?

Kelsey February 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I am a renter in Montana and I am curious… If a married couple both qualify for a companion animal and each have doctor recommendations for one, are they required to “share” the animal? Or is it acceptable to have their own individual companions? I appreciate the help!

Chris February 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

Hi Kelsey,
Wow, that’s an interesting question. The companion animal rules tend to be viewed on a case-by-case basis, so the best advice is to speak with your local HUD office. That said, I’ve never seen a rule that says married couples have to share a companion animal if they both qualify individually. Keep in mind that the animal or animals cannot create a nuisance — for instance, two animals would need to get along! Thanks for reading, Chris

Leslie April 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

What do you do when the tenant does NOT clean up or dispose of waste properly? In nebraska, According to City Ordinance 6.08.155: It shall be unlawful for any person having custody or control of any dog to place, deposit, discard, or dispose of feces or manure on public property or private property of another unless placed in approved garbage or refuse containers on public property or with the consent of the owner of the private property. This tenant is NOT doing this, what can I do as a neighbor?? I have complained to the landlord and they are “investigating” but I have seen NO ONE! What can I do? There are also NUMEROUS children in the area, this is a “companion dog” that is NOT trained, what happens if the dog bites some kid??? I understand medical need and all, BUT, there are OTHER tenants not just this individual. It would be fine if the waste was removed, and animal was NOT left out on a retractable leash, multiple times a day to do it’s business!!

Ann June 16, 2013 at 1:28 am

Hi. Do you have any further information on the case mentioned at the top of the article? Do you have a case number? Did the landlord or tenant’s visitor win the discrimination case? I’ve been searching the internet and Nevada courts for hours trying to find anything further on this case, which may set legal precedent. Please help!

william June 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Hey Chris,
I am in California and I about to receive my documentation for needing an animal companion due to my high levels of anxiety and stress and I live in an apartment building that has a no pet policy and we are on a month to month lease. If I do receive my documentation for the animal companion, all I have to do is tell the management company that I will be getting an animal companion (dog)? Can they legally give me and my roommate a 30 day notice to move out? Or do they have to accept that I am in need of the animal companion?

Chris June 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Hi William,
It’s hard to answer really specific legal questions. Very generally, though, a tenant will need to show that they suffer from a disability, and that the animal is prescribed by a health professional in order to treat the disability. A tenant remains responsible for the animal’s care and behavior — and any damage, but the landlord is not allowed to apply pet policies to this situation.

I’m a firm believer in good communication — let the landlord know what’s going on and hopefully he or she will understand the relative rights and responsibilities here. Best of luck, Chris

joyce July 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Hi William,
I’m in Rhode Island and I received my documents on 3/4/2013 for a companion
and I live in a no pet apartment but what I did was went to my landlord and asked for a small dog companion and she said that this was a no pet apartment and I said to her that I know that, but I have my documents from my mental health doctor so she had me to fill out a letter for a reasonable Accommodation and it suppose to only take 30 days for them to approve it or deny it so she took over 30 days and I continued calling and bugging so on 7/2/2013 I received my letter of approval and I had already picked up my toy poodle on 6/29/2013 don’t be scared to use your computer what ever you need to know just type it in and it will give you all the answers you want or need because when I came to the east coast I was depressed and did not know anyone so I went to the computer to find out how to have a pet in a no pet apartment and that’s where I got all my information and now I have my toy poodle im happen, the landlord cant deny you because it would be discrimination
good luck feel free to email me at anytime if I can be any assisstants to you

Maurice H July 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm

We have a companion cat which likes to go out at night, and now we have a new tennant underneath who claims he is allergic. Can the manager of the complex make us keep the cat inside, or can she still go out. It’s funny, he waited over 3 months to do it.

David Mendenhall July 22, 2013 at 7:43 am

We have rentals and received a request from a couple to see our rental that is available to be rented. It is a single family home in Oregon. The gentleman asked if we have a no pet policy. I said we don’t allow pet except for service dogs. He said they don’t have a service dog but have a companion dog for his wife who has anxiety. I asked what kind of dog do they have and he said a pit bull. He said the dog was insured in case it hurt anyone. We do not have any fence for our property and small children play in front of our rental since we have within our block about 12 children. We are afraid of liability that might arise as a result of allowing this pit bull in our rental. Since this is a companion dog and not a service dog I would think the breed of dog and the history that this breed has in terms of danger to others would be a major consideration in whether we have to rent to this tenant. Can you give any thought to this question. Thanks

Deborah Cassingham August 12, 2013 at 5:41 am

I would like to know if there is anything we can do about the number of pets allowed. My husband and I each have different issues. Over the years the only thing that has helped us is our companion cats. We have three, as one is the mother of the other two. I am very close to the two boys and my husband the female. Most places have a 2 pet max.

Clare Semer September 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Living in a condo in FL do we have to allow companion animals poolside and in the clubhouse? We have a no pet policy and feel that the animal must be allowed in the residence but why should all unit owners have to be in the company of their companion animal when enjoying the common elements owned by all. Is there any kind of direction that could be given on this matter.

JM January 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm

My landlord is trying to evict me because my companion animal caused damage to the rental? Is this legal?

Shuree February 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Hi all I am curious how many companion pets can you have with a pet companion letter?

Julia March 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm

My daughter is in a quad apartment at college, and her roommate is claiming ‘anxiety’ and bringing in a cat. the problem here is that my daughter gets asthma around cats – as in, wheezing, can’t breathe, need a rescue inhaler asthma.

Can her roommate really override my daughter’s lease and bring in a cat? I thought everyone in the apartment had to agree to changes in a lease? What about my daughter’s right to breathe?

Aleta March 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I am a landlord with a “no pets” policy. The tenant lived for almost three years without a dog, then in the last year of her tenancy, snuck a dog into her apartment without the written consent required by the lease agreement. Now, after our manager discovered that she had been keeping a dog in her apartment for two months, the tenant supplied a very brief doctor’s note stating that the tenant suffered from depression and needed the dog for support. She was given a 60 day notice, but the dog was only a small part of the notice as she and her children were disturbing the peace and two other tenants threatened to move because of the loud screaming and destruction of property of other tenants. Could the tenant be hiding behind the Fair Housing Act in order to keep the dog? She is suing for discrimination for violating the FHA on the grounds of the “support dog” and discrimination of her familial status.

Lupe April 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm

We have a building in Los Angeles, CA that have quite a few companion animals not service animals. Can we request that the animals be spayed and neutered, vaccinated and registered? Although we are not a federally funded building but do accept HUD assistance for some of the units do we have to follow federal guidelines?

Brandy April 7, 2014 at 7:44 am

Can a city deny a companion pet?

DANIEL TAYLOR April 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm

I live in an apartment community with a “no pets” clause in the lease. The lady next door has a “companion dog” that barks incessantly when its owner is not there, usually between 7pm and 3am when its owner is working the late shift. I’ve contacted my landlord and asked that the pet owner do SOMETHING about the noise, but my landlord insists I’M the one with the problem–because I’m complaining. I get it that the dog is legally allow to be there, but why does my legal “right of quiet enjoyment” have to be violated?! My neighbor thinks she doesn’t have to do anything to quiet her animal, because she believes her rights supercede mine! I signed a 14 month lease and renewed it BECAUSE of the “no pet” policy at the apartment complex. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Susanne April 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

PLEASE HELP —–If an apartment building has a “no pets” policy and a tenant was hiding an animal, then saying they need it as an emotional support animal, what could the landlord do do about the tenant hiding the animal first? Second, what can be done to refuse the animal as a emotional support animal? Also, the tenant has no significant disabilities that were known, or even proven.. What can be done?

Jaycie April 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I have been waiting to get an esa animal for months. Can my landlord discriminate between me being able to get a dog or a cat? Is that legal?

Dina Enriquez May 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I come and visit and some times stay the night with a person i am currently a care giver too. I have a companion animal and the landlord is seeking legal action saying that i am not allowed to bring my companion animal into the apartment. Can i bring my companion animal into the apartment or is that illegal?

Amelia May 19, 2014 at 6:21 pm

I live in a dog free community. A guy moved in with his pit bull service dog. The dog has been off leash and his poop never gets picked up. The pit is about 80lbs and I’m quite upset about it.
Is there anything that my community and I can do to have this irresponsible man and dog removed? A petition of sorts? The dog never wears a vest either. He is scary and the elderly folk who live here are scared of him as well. Can we so anything??? We live in warwick ri
Thank you

Elizabeth May 21, 2014 at 7:08 am

I live in apartment for 3yr my husband has a pitbull as a companion dog well a new manger came in and want to tell us we cant have a pitbull as a companion dog is that even true????we have had are pitbull since he was a puppy (he is now 4 in human years)and we have worked with him he don’t bark, chew on stuff ,go bathroom in the house and he is very well mannered (he wont even go bathroom in the yard he waits to go to the park) we receive great comments about him often some people say he is the best dog they have ever seen (they think hes really a human in a dogs body).

Daniella June 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

Hello! I was wondering how long apartment management can take approving a doctors note for a companion pet. I turned in the note and paperwork a week ago, but the office told me that a certain person needs to call it into their corporate office to get it approved, and that certain person is out of the office for a week. They told me she would be back in the office today and would call me, but still no call.

mike lehman June 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

My neighbor has what they say is a companion animal. The poor dog is left alone a good deal of the time and is barking at all hours of the day and night. We can’t even sit in our backyard because the dog tries to come through the wooden fence. The landlord has had to fix the fence numerous times. At times the dog bolts out the front dog and is extremely hard for my neighbor to catch and return to the house. This dog is an extremely large dog and seems to never get any exercise so I can understand it being very aggressive. I have a small toy poodle/terrier mix and everytime we are in the backyard barbecueing etc. it gets very aggressive and it scares all of my family. I have complained to management and they tell me there is nothing they can do because it is a companion animal. The dog is home by itself more than it is with someone so I’m not sure who it is companion for. I understand that a companion animal can be a necessary thing as I am very close to my dog and we had the dog before for 17 years. I know that they have rights but I don’t see anywhere what a neighbors rights are.I blame the owner and not the dog but I need to know if I can do anything but move. Thx Mike Lehman

Lisa June 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Hello, I am a proud owner if a morkie… I have been battling depression for 13 years when my daughters father passed away. I decided a year ago to purchase my pup because I have heard so many positive stories about having a companion pet to help cope with depression. I need to move out of my current residence because it is not a safe area for my family. But I can’t find a pet friendly apartment that is affordable. I did get accepted to an apartment that has 10 units in boston but it isn’t pet friendly. If I give my new landlord any documentation stating I need my beloved morkie are they required to allow me to move in with my pup?

Jay Connor June 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

Municipalities may not discriminate with Breed restrictive ordinances and apply them to the matter of Service, support or companion animal. However the dogs individual behavior can and should be held accountable. All the other items such as registration may apply but any cost associated probably is not. Will some people take advantage of this? Yes, of course. As long as any issues are reported to the proper authorities, police, city hall etc…. All other responsibilities of a pet owner must be observed. Leash laws, etc….. Picking up after the animal. If the owner cannot maintain control of the animal that may also be an issue.

Tom July 1, 2014 at 7:38 am

I have a friend that is starting an Advocating Services business and was told she will need a FHA# from each state she is going to do business in. Where does she get the numbers

kat schimpf July 1, 2014 at 4:01 pm

My neighbor in upstairs apartment got a boxer puppy in Oct 2013. I am disabled for physical and mental. My anxiety is out of control b.c it’s been non stop noise ever since that dog arrived. She got a DR’S note so it’s a companion in Indiana law. It barked daily for 60-70% of the 8 hrs it’s in a cage 5 days a wk while she’s at work. Than runs around playing and it sounds like a herd if elephants. Now that the dog is @60 lbs when she leaves it smashes around trying to get out of its cage. Barks and howls. Since it I have recordings if the barking and noise and it is clear enough it sounds as if it is in my apt. The dogs going to get bigger so I have no hope of noise lowering. Also she has a separate xlarge kennel she puts dog in at night and it’s the size of a live seat and by 5 am it’s jangling it around which thunders my ceiling. By 745 am she’s in cage until 4am and randomly the out day starts freaking out and bashes cage which is on our dining room area which are not carpet, their tile so it sounds like construction. I’ve lived this neighbor for almost 6 yrs in perfect harmony, very close until the dog. She legally can have her dog but I can’t live this! From 530 am to 9 pm it’s some noise or another. And even though she’s a single lady I knowhow loud it is when kids are there when her grandkids stay the weekend. I feel I have no rights b.c if her right to have this Large Loud dog. HELP!

abdul Griffin July 2, 2014 at 5:42 am

Hey I’m having an issue with new management in my apartment…he’s has a no pet policy now…I have a loving companion her name is momma. A loving pitbull…I have companion paperwork from my doctor and he’s saying that ain’t good enough.I’m disabled and she helps me out alot. I’m if someone can help me about my situation…the new manager is a real jerk he is not cool at all. What can I do to save my companion…

Jan July 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

I am disabled and had not asked for reasonable accomodation for my companion cats.
I didn’t know that I could. My landlord has been charging me a $75.00 non refundable
Pet fee since 2009. Oregon legislative law changed January 1, 2010 and no longer allows landlords to charge a non refundable pet fee. But my landlord continued to collect this monthly fee from me breaking the law. Landlords have collected $4,050.00
From me that the law no longer allows. Shouldn’t I have the legal right to be paid back all of the money they illegally took from January 2010 through June of 2014?
Also, I have requested reasonable accomodation for the companion cats now and have verification from health care stating that I have been under his care since 2010 suffering with major depressive disorder and PTSD and that my companion cats have been therapeutical and provide me with emotional support and that he feels that I still have the need for them to help me live a more normal life. Does my landlord have to return the $4,050. That he took from me since he broke the Oregon state law and by taking that money and he also did not notify the Oregon Housing Voucher program that he is contracted with and charged me this monthly ongoing fee on top of the rent without telling housing authority. Legal aide told me that the landlord does not have to return what he took illegally, that I might be able to get a years worth back of $900.00 . I need to know who can help me and if this is all legal for him to get away with. Thank you,

crystal July 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm

hello…my son has medical issues and we have his dog as a companion animal…she has maybe a quarter pit in her and a few other breeds…the trailer court doesn’t allow pit bulls saying that the insurance wont cover it….my landlord is now trying to evict me for this. we live in Montana where pits are not banned..i feel that it would impact my son in a seriously negative way. I just need some advice if you could guide me in the right direction that would be amazing..

Brenda July 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm

@ Joyce: “so I went to the computer to find out how to have a pet in a no pet apartment ” you are a scammer. You have scammed the system to have a PET in a NO PET property. The Fair Housing act was created to help legitimately disabled people have a service animal when necessary. People like YOU have scammed the system and created the mess of “companion” animals. People like YOU create a stigma about companion animals, and people like YOU are exactly people landlords don’t want to rent to. Scammers and cheats.

Brenda July 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

@Abdul, I highly doubt a pit bull is providing necessary treatment for your disability. In order to have the companion animal, it must not create a significant burden to the landlord. Perhaps your PET is not allowed because pit bulls cost more in insurance to the property owner. You may have to bite the bullet and pay the PET DEPOSIT for your PET at a pet friendly property!

Sheri July 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

My husband and I are getting ready to move into a new apartment. We have 2 small dogs. The apartment has a 2 dog minimum. There is a possibility that my mother in law may have to move in with us. She has a companion animal (a small dog) due to depression from the loss of her husband. Can the landlord kick us out or make us get rid of one of our family dogs? We pay a pet rent for both of them.

Lisa July 26, 2014 at 11:14 am


I am a real estate agent in California and I am wondering about the verification letter from a doctor, does that person who is treating our tenant have to be local, i.e. in California or do we have to accept a letter from someone who is not in our state, in my opinion, not really treating our tenant….

Shanan August 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm


I am currently running into some issues trying to find a home to rent in Idaho. My conversations have gone something like this, “We accept service animals, what type of animal is it?” “He’s a German Shepherd.” “Oh, no. We wouldn’t be able to rent to you. He’s on the Vicious Breeds list.” “Even though he’s my Service dog?” “Yes. Our insurance costs would go up.”

Is there any weight to this? I’m just getting a little frustrated, we don’t have any breed bans or anything here, and I don’t see why Insurance policies for housing wouldn’t have anything in place for disabilities.

Ruth August 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Is there a restriction on how many companion animals can be owned. The lease states only 1 pet is allowed. The apt. is privately owned. It is also getting monies from HUD as well as other gov’t agencies. This is in Tx. Thank you.

Dawn Rickabaugh August 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I live in Minnesota I am prescribed a pet companion do to several mental health issues I prefer to have a cat as they are more soothing for my anxiety. My landlord says I can only have a dog because he is allergic to cats. Plus wants a $100 deposit and says I have to wait 6 months.I’m not sure the laws here as in Iowa I never hada problem can you help me

judine September 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Have to move from present location that allows dogs due to my daughters family is moving out and my husband don’t need all this space. Applied at an apartment Crescent Cove in Greeley, Colorado. I have a companion dog and was just denied based on his weight which is 76.8 lbs. and apartment complex has a 50 lbs. limit. Is there anything that I can do to report them.

Rose September 22, 2014 at 8:24 am

Please answer someone…I live in Los Angeles, I recently moved in to a building with a NO PET policy, but i have an emotional support dog. I did not tell them about her beforehand as every no pet building i did tell about her turned me down, none would admit it was because of her. so this time i did not tell them and was approved. once in, i did tell them about her and gave my paperwork. since then i have not heard anything from them. I asked the manager if all was well, and he said he did not know, he forwarded the paperwork to the home office and hasnt heard anything since. I have been losing sleep over this this. Can they find a way to make me leave or get rid of her? Even if I did not tell them until after I was in the place?

Someone please answer.

Kelly September 24, 2014 at 5:59 am

I live in a house that is split into two separate dwellings (different access doors they are only connected through a single door that is locked on either side). My landlord is trying to deny me my emotional support animal because of the other tenets child who is asthmatic and allergic to dogs. He also claims that if the dog is to stay that he wants to do an annual check up like every two weeks to ensure the dog is not doing damage to the house. I need to know if he is in the wrong or not and what my rights are specifically. Thank you.

donna September 27, 2014 at 9:29 am

If an owner-owned only condo association has a By-Law prohibiting dogs unless it is a Special Needs dog for the OWNER, does this mean that owner (who is not a special needs person) can get a room mate who is a special needs person? Our By-Laws
refer to owner only being allowed such a dog.
This is in Iowa

Chris September 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

Hi Donna,
While we can’t offer specific legal advice, I can tell you that HUD will interpret these rules so they apply as broadly as possible. There have been other cases involving guests, caretakers and even visitors that did have the right to bring in a companion animal despite pet limitations. A good way of looking at it is that your “pet rules” don’t apply to companion or service animals. I suggest having your attorney review that by-law just to be on the safe side. Thanks for reading! Chris

john ogimachi October 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Hello i live in ca im renting an appartment , but im not on the lease , the person on lease does not live here , but i have a service animal and the landlord is telling me to get rid of the dog can he do this please respond asap. I dont know what to do. And he says cuz the person on the lease is not disabiled , what can i do

Marina October 3, 2014 at 9:47 am

I am moving to Los Angeles. I am moving in with my sister. Pets are not allowed in her apartment. I have an emotional support dog. I called the landlord to see if i could be added to my sister’s lease. He checked my credit and said that everything is ok. He told me when I get there at the end of the month, that he will take a copy of my driver’s license and I will sign the lease agreement. I have not told him that i have an emotional support animal. I am afraid that if he finds out before i sign the lease, then he can find another reason to reject me, so that he won’t be accused of discrimination and he won’t have to deal with a dog in the building. But i am also afraid that I should have to tell him before. I don’t know what’s the legalities of the time that i should let my future landlord know about my pet. Should I tell him before I sign the lease and present him the letter? or is it ok to wait until i sign the lease and then present him with the letter?

Katelyn October 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm

What are the laws in Las Vegas, NV? In CA I had a Dr’s note saying my dog was a companion pet, but I’m new to this state & I don’t know the laws regarding this.

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