Many apartments and rentals do not allow pets and many more have pet fees in the form of additional monthly rents. The fees can range from $20 to $50 additional dollars a month.
Service animals are trained to work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Dogs, and other species of animals, can be service animals, but that varies from state to state.
The housing provider must allow a person with a disability to keep a service animal if three conditions are met:
1.) the resident must meet the definition of disability as defined in the Fair Housing law;
2.) the housing provider must know about or should be made aware of the resident’s disability;
3.) the accommodation may be necessary to afford the resident with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the dwelling.
Many states do not certify the service animal. The individual’s need for the service animal is the proof that the animal is a service animal.
The housing provider must allow the disabled resident to keep the service animal if the three conditions are met.
Service animals are not pets. It is illegal to refuse an application because of a service animal, and is not subject to no pet rules and pet fees.
These protections are covered under the American with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Rehabilitation Act section 504.