What Landlords Must Know about Service Animals

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What Landlords Must Know about Service Animals

The Federal Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and the Washington State Law Against Discrimination all require that applicants and tenants with disabilities be provided with “reasonable accommodations” as needed in order for them to have an opportunity for full use and enjoyment of their housing. Allowing tenants and their guests who have disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals is a reasonable accommodation to housing policy and practice.

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What Landlords should know about service animals

The Federal Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and the Washington State Law Against Discrimination all require that applicants and tenants with disabilities be provided with “reasonable accommodations” as needed in order for them to have an opportunity for full use and enjoyment of their housing. Allowing tenants and their guests who have disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals is a reasonable accommodation to housing policy and practice.

These four regulations seem at first glance to be an imposition on landlords and businesses that may, for good reasons, have policies which do not allow pets and animals on their premises. The good reasons, we already know…the possibility of noise, territorial disputes between animals, clean-up problems are the most obvious. But the benefits of these rules should also be considered.

This document was distributed for free by John Bradford after his NARPM Luncheon class called Managing Pet Risk at the DoubleTree Hotel in Roswell January 18th of 2018. Please take the time to watch the video as it offers critical insights into this fluid topic.

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