HOUSING RIGHTS CENTER
FAIR HOUSING AND ANIMALS.
The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) makes it illegal for landlords to REFUSE to make NECESSARY and REASONABLE accommodations, or changes, to their rules and policies for people with disabilities.
Allowing a disabled tenant to live with their companion or service animal is a common reasonable accommodation under the FHA. This includes WAIVING and EXISTING "NO PET" POLICY for tenants with mental or physical disabilities who require an animal for medical purposes.
IT IS ILLEGAL FOR YOUR LANDLORD TO :
*****DENY YOU THE RIGHT TO LIVE WITH YOUR COMPANION or SERVICE ANIMAL
*****CHARGE YOU A PET DEPOSITE FEE OR OTHER SURCHARGE
*****NOT ALLOW YOUR COMPANION OR SERVICE ANIMAL TO BE WITH YOU IN COMMON AREAS.
CALL IF ANY QUESTIONS.
(We know of a landlord who threatened ALL tenants with eviction if they did not get rid of their dogs and cats, and most of them did even though they had been allowed for so long!)
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