Can A Landlord Charge For A Service Dog?

Landlords cannot charge a pet deposit or pet fee for service animals, however the tenant is liable for any damage that the service animal may cause.

Landlords can require written verification from the tenant’s health care provider that they are disabled but cannot ask for any specifics about the disability.

Can a landlord charge a fee for a service animal?

Pet fees. Service and assistance animals are not technically pets and owners do not have to pay pet fees. The landlord, however, can charge a security deposit and may still seek money from the tenant if there is any damage caused by the animal to the home.

Can a landlord ask for proof of service dog?

Are landlords allowed to ask for service dog papers? Yes, and no. They can ask for proof that the service animal is “prescribed” by a medical professional. In most cases, the tenant will provide a letter from their doctor stating that they have a disability that benefits from a service animal.

Do I have to rent to someone with a service dog?

Landlords can’t refuse to rent to someone who uses a service dog. The federal Fair Housing Act requires that landlords make “reasonable accommodations” for tenants with disabilities. As a practical matter, assistance dogs are normally so well trained and well behaved that a landlord has little reason to object to them.

What can you legally ask about a service dog?

They may ask if the dog is a service animal that is required due to a disability and what type of work or task the dog has been trained to do. The ADA prohibits them from asking about a person’s disability. People with disabilities and their services are not to be isolated from other customers or patrons.

Can you be denied housing because of a service dog?

You cannot be denied housing because you own a Service Dog. Unlike an average pet, a service dog must be treated like a medication and disability, being denied either of those is not only discrimination, it is illegal.

Can landlords charge extra for emotional support animals?

Landlords may not prohibit a service animal or emotional support animal from living in the unit. Landlords may not charge the tenant extra “pet” rent or “pet” security deposit for a service or emotional support animal.

How can you tell if its a real service dog?

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Can landlord deny emotional support animal?

An emotional support animal cannot be denied by a landlord just because it is a puppy or kitten. Landlords that deny dogs because they are younger and are considered puppies are not following the rules set out by the Fair Housing Act. With that being said, you are responsible for the actions of your ESA.

Do service dogs need paperwork?

A public accommodation or facility is not allowed to ask for documentation or proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal. Entities cannot require anything of people with service animals that they do not require of individuals in general, with or without pets.