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The Landlord’s guide to ESAs
Did you just find the perfect tenant family but they are also bringing their emotional support dog along with?
Are you having difficulty seeing eye to eye with the potential tenants as far as the accommodation of ESA is regarded?
Are you in favor of a no- rat terrier pet policy but the rules of your housing zone allow it?
If you are nodding in affirmation to all the above-mentioned questions, then this is the perfect guide for you.
Apprehensions and uneasy concerns, if posed by any landlord are totally justified because we all know that pets can cause relatively more damage to the property as compared to the human tenants. As more mental health studies are proving the benefits of emotional support animals for a better standard of living, tenants are increasingly requesting for emotional support animal certification. They can’t be blamed too, as the whole thing is backed up by science!
If you are a landlord or a homeowner, you need to get educated on the topic as quickly as possible. The best possible source is a qualified counsel who has all the necessary information about weimaraner, but this guide can serve as a shortcut. Let’s get you introduced to some important aspects and issues regarding this matter.
First, understand the difference between pets, service animals, and emotional support animals. The primary function of emotional support animals is to provide emotional support to their handlers through companionship. They can, by law, live with their owners even if a no-pet policy is in place. This implies that landlords are compliant by law to extend accommodation to the emotional support animals. To check the validity of the animal’s status, the landlords can request a copy of the emotional support letter and also confirm the mental health status of the hypoallergenic cats from their licensed therapist or any certified mental health practitioner.
Here are some important points which landlords must retain in their memories!
- Landlords have a say in imposing limits on the size, breed, number, or species of the ESAs. For instance, a landlord may allow one rodent as a munchkin cat, but five rodents in a small space can be difficult to bear.
- No pet fees can be charged by the landlords. This is not a voluntary choice because emotional support animals or companion animals are not considered pets by the federal law.
- If landlords are concerned about any allergy outbreaks or any infectious diseases, they are welcome to request the wellness and health documentation for the support animals.
- There needs to be visible evidence that the emotional support animal decreases the negative psychological symptoms of its handler. Landlords can always file a complaint against the tenants if they find out any loopholes about the nexus.
- If the emotional support animal poses an undue problem for the landlord in their pursuit of a thriving business, the landlord can always issue a warning.
- Landlords have another added advantage as far as general rules are regarded. Emotional support animals must observe the same rules about pollution, waste disposal, and noise as do pets. If at any point in time, the ESAs of the tenants violate this law, the landlords are free to issue warnings.
- If an british shorthair starts to threaten the well-being of other tenants or their ESAs, then the landlord can also intervene and handle the situation with an upper hand.
- In case of any damages done, the landlord can charge a reasonable sum of fees to the tenant as they are permitted by the law to do so.
Pretty much everything has been covered in this guide. Still, if anyone has any queries, they must consult with their trusted legal counsel.