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Emotional support animal

Anonymous
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Settle this argument.

My friend is saying she can register her dog online and pay an $80 fee or something and then she won't have to pay a pet deposit. I said I'm pretty sure you need a doctor's note or something. Can you really just go online and the landlord will accept the certificate you get?
Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 19, 2018 at 2:59 AM
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B1Bomber
by Ruby Member on Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:06 AM
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You can get an online letter, but most of them are scams. There's no such thing as an official registry.

Also, registering a pet as a support or service animal just to get out of paying a pet deposit is scummy. People like her are the reason it's such a pain to get DD's service dog clearances. Ugh.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:07 AM
What does a landlord require then?

Quoting B1Bomber:

You can get an online letter, but most of them are scams. There's no such thing as an official registry.

Also, registering a pet as a support or service animal just to get out of paying a pet deposit is scummy. People like her are the reason it's such a pain to get DD's service dog clearances. Ugh.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:10 AM
I'm not sure about where you live. But here, AZ, that has been abused. So medical visits are required before service license is issued. Not sure how they establish it,if it's vet or psych, but it is not online anymore.
B1Bomber
by Ruby Member on Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:13 AM

Depends on the landlord. Some of them use airline requirements, which involve a letter from a mental health professional certifying that the person in question is under their care. Others will accept the online certifications because they don't know any better or don't care or don't feel like fighting over it. Others will find any way to turn away tenants with support or service animals to avoid the hassle altogether.

Quoting Anonymous 1: What does a landlord require then?
Quoting B1Bomber:

You can get an online letter, but most of them are scams. There's no such thing as an official registry.

Also, registering a pet as a support or service animal just to get out of paying a pet deposit is scummy. People like her are the reason it's such a pain to get DD's service dog clearances. Ugh.


Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:15 AM
She needs a letter from a therapist or psychiatrist stating that she needs the dog....why she needs the dog and what duties the dog performs.
If she already is living in the apartment with a valid lease, this will only save her the pet deposit.
But the LL doesnt have to renew her lease after it expires
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:20 AM
But... it is still federally illegal to discriminate against any disability. So, currently, refusing service or asking validation or proof of need for service animal can be discriminatory.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:23 AM

When I was a landlord, all pets regardless of employment status had to have a deposit. An animal is an animal, service dogs don't smell better or shed less or whatever. The only thing I ever conceded to, was breed and size, but paperwork better be up to snuff. 

Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:23 AM
Read the post title again
She clearly states Emotional Support Dog NOT Service Dog.


Quoting Anonymous 2: But... it is still federally illegal to discriminate against any disability. So, currently, refusing service or asking validation or proof of need for service animal can be discriminatory.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:27 AM
There is no difference here between the 2. There is no vest for emotional support, they may wear service dogs, yet are not even required to wear vests of any kind here.

Quoting Sassy762: Read the post title again
She clearly states Emotional Support Dog NOT Service Dog.


Quoting Anonymous 2: But... it is still federally illegal to discriminate against any disability. So, currently, refusing service or asking validation or proof of need for service animal can be discriminatory.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:27 AM

No it's not. A private property can have any stipulation the owner wants, so if it is a pet free property and you want to bring in a service animal, that's fine, but you have to prove you wouldn't be violating the lease with proper documentation and may have to pay deposits or fees. If it's a legit service animal, then they have to accept them, but they can define the terms so to speak.

Quoting Anonymous 2: But... it is still federally illegal to discriminate against any disability. So, currently, refusing service or asking validation or proof of need for service animal can be discriminatory.


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