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Archive of: Assistance Animals

Landlords Should Create and Implement A Reasonable Accommodation Request Process

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Reasonable Accommodations, Assistance Animals, Companion/Comfort Animals / Comments

With more and more tenants making reasonable accommodation requests to keep assistance animals in their apartments, it is important for landlords to create a policy and process to handle such requests when they arise. As background, a reasonable accommodation request is a request from a person with a disability to a landlord asking that the landlord modify his/her policies, practices or procedures to accommodate the disabled person so that s/he ...

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Can A Landlord Deny A Reasonable Accommodation Request For A Pit Bull Companion Animal?

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Fair Housing / Discrimination, Assistance Animals, Companion/Comfort Animals / Comments

As I have mentioned in a prior blog post I have seen a significant increase in tenant requests for a reasonable accommodation to a landlord's "no pet" policy so that the tenant can keep a comfort/companion animal. As a result of this increase, I am also seeing an increase in reasonable accommodation requests to keep what are often referred to as "dangerous breeds" of dogs -- such as Pit ...

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HUD Issues Notice on Assistance Animals and Reasonable Accommodations For Persons with Disabilities

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Reasonable Accommodations, Assistance Animals, Companion/Comfort Animals / Comments

Today the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a notice on assistance animals and reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities.Not to long ago I wrote a post that dealt with this subject. HUD's new notice also adds clarifying information to that post.Disability-related complaints, including those that involve assistance animals, are the most common discrimination complaint that HUD receives per John Trasvina, HUD Assistant Secretary ...

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So Let's Talk About . . . Companion/Comfort Animals In Rental Properties

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Fair Housing / Discrimination, State of Wisconsin, Reasonable Accommodations, Assistance Animals, Companion/Comfort Animals / Comments

I have been promising that I would blog about this topic for months (could it possibly be over a year even) and the time has finally come. So let's talk about companion/comfort animals in rental properties.Background:I will use the terms comfort animals and companion animals interchangeably throughout this post.So we are all on the “same page" a companion animal is an animal ...

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