In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act, § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, the tenant must generally:
(1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as walking, seeing, working, learning, washing, dressing, etc.),
(2) have a history such impairment(s), or
(3) be regarded as having such impairment(s).
It is not enough that a tenant will suffer severe emotional distress if forced to give up a long-term pet.
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”?
- I am disabled. How can I ask for an accommodation?
- Can the landlord increase my rent or charge a “pet deposit”?
- Can the landlord make rules about the kind or number of companion animals I can keep?
To see all the questions and answers, click here.The information in this site is not intended as legal advice.
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