If you are a disabled tenant and need a service or support animal to fully enjoy the community, then you have the right to request permission to have one.
Contact your rental housing provider and submit a written request for the animal and explain why you need the animal as a result of your disability.
In most cases, a rental housing provider can ask you to provide documentation from your doctor or other medical provider attesting to (1) the existence of our disability and (2) explaining the nexus between the disability and the needs that are satisfied by the animal.
A rental housing provider has the right to make sure that the animal is properly licensed, vaccinated, does not have a history of aggressive or dangerous behaviors, and that otherwise will follow the rules of the community.
Once approved, the rental housing provider is allowed to ask you to sign and abide by a service/support animal addendum, requiring you to maintain control over the animal, pick up after the animal, comply with leash laws, and more. You may also have to consent to DNA testing for the animal.
Once approved, a rental housing provider is not entitled to require an additional deposit for the service/support animal or charge you pet rent. Your animal is not a pet.
If you or the animal violate the terms of the lease or service animal addendum, you may be required to remove the animal.
Learn more by visiting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s disability resources here.