|Barked: Thu Aug 22, '13 9:38pm PST |
|Rambo and Iris -- Under the FHA rules and regulations an ESA, SDIT and Service Dogs require NO TASKS, NO TRAINING,etc.. while living in a rental home or apt.
The following is needed for renting:
1) Letter of Reasonable Accommodation stating the need for the Service Dog, Service Dog In Training or an Emotional Service Animal (ESAs do not need to be a dog under the FHA)
2) Letter from your medical provider (on official letterhead from their practice) stating the need for a service animal, service animal in training, or an ESA as required for your disability needs under the ADA -- NO they can not ask what's wrong with you.
Send those documents by Registered mail with return receipt (make copies and keep a file). If a formal complaint needs to be done then you have the paper trail started for HUD to begin the process on their end. I had to email them all of my paperwork to begin my case two years ago.
ADA states train w/ tasks -- The FHA is older and they will not put in the training requirement...
I had a huge problem w/ my apt complex over having a SD, SDIT and ESA. Their policy was only 2 pets per bldg -- SD, SDIT and ESAs are exempt from the pet policy since they're not considered pets. The apt complex can't ask for proof of training or certification (mine tried)... My complex tried to tell me my dogs have to come from a program to be allowed -- NOPE
Please read: FHA law
I should know the rules since I did win my case... So, please inform other newbies that under the FHA the pets policy of their rental in null and void under the FHA -- Please read and you'll see that this info should be known by all...
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