How are Landlord Pet Requirements Changing?
The rules and regulations set forth by many landlords has been a longstanding obstacle for dog owners. Landlords have many reasons that they might disallow pets; their breed is a ‘restricted’ breed, they are too big, they don’t want to deal with the potential property damage that may occur, or they are afraid of the dog bite liability risks that exist when accepting a tenant’s pooch. The good news is, not only are their ways to potentially persuade your landlord to allow your dog, some laws are changing that may positively affect pet owners.
For example, were you aware that a recent California law states that landlords cannot require that a pet be declawed or devocalized as a condition of rental? Another condition upon which landlords will allow pets, that is perfectly legal, is if the tenant pays more per month for their rent. While this isn’t a financially ideal situation for most people, it is a viable option for many a grateful dog owner, especially since it is also perfectly legal for a landlord to disallow pets all together.
It’s important to keep in mind, it is not legal for landlords to deny a service animal of any kind. Even if the landlord has a “no pets” policy, if a disabled tenant “requests to keep a service animal or other animal and it is a reasonable accommodation of the tenant’s disability, the owner would have to allow the tenant to keep the animal.”
Dog owners should also remember that a landlord may not inquire about a tenant’s disability, due to fair housing laws. However, if a tenant asks their landlord to allow a service animal and their need for one is not obvious, the landlord may further inquire. For example, if you claim to need an emotional support animal due to an anxiety disorder, you may need to disclose this to your landlord, and/or have written verification from a medical professional.
At Federation of Insured Dog Owners, we understand how important your pets are to you. We are also aware that each year in the U.S. more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs, according to the CDC. Therefore there is a great need for dog bite liability insurance. It’s important to remember that no matter how friendly your dog is, an unexpected dog bite could still occur. To learn more about our Covered Canine Policy, please contact us today at (855) 534-6495.