Probably yes. Accommodations must be “reasonable.” The landlord may consider the administrative, financial, or programmatic affects of allowing an animal onto the premises, including the potential disturbance to other tenants. The accommodation must not cause an undue financial or administrative burden for the landlord. And companion animals are subject to the same rules that apply to any other pets. If the animal bothers other tenants or the tenant fails to clean up after the animal, the landlord may have grounds to evict the tenant. Reasonable rules about size, number and breed of companion animals have been upheld by the courts. The landlord need not accept all tenant preferences regarding the type of companion animal.
Below are some of the other frequently asked questions about companion animals.
- Can I have a pet if my rental agreement says “no pets”?
- What must I do to keep a companion animal if the lease says “no pets”?
- What does “disabled” mean?
- I am disabled. How can I ask for an accommodation?
- Can the landlord increase my rent or charge a “pet deposit”?
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