Can a landlord charge a fee for a service animal?
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 charge extra for a service dog?
The short answer is no. Apartments and landlords cannot charge extra for service animals. Charging pet deposits or monthly pet rent is in direct violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act. However, you can be charged for damages caused by your service animal at the end of your lease.
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 landlords ask about service dogs?
No, a landlord cannot refuse access to a service dog as they are protected by the ADA. A service dog is a medical tool and not a pet. There are two types of assistance animals that have special rights regarding housing. The first is service dogs and the second is emotional support animals.