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Emotional Support Dog by Jason (PA) on April 29, 2018 @17:20

I have an applicant who has an emotional support dog. While I do allow dogs ($50 extra per month rent), is it legal to charge extra for the dog?

Rent is $800, so their security deposit would be $800 as well. But since they have a dog, their rent and security deposit would both be $850, correct?

New territory for me here and I want to make sure I keep it all legal.
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Re: Emotional Support Dog by Garry (Iowa) on April 29, 2018 @18:14 [ Reply ]
If it is a TRUE ESA, then, NO, you cannot charge extra rent or deposit for it. Get ahold of your local civil rights organization, and find out the facts about ESAs. In general, the person having the ESA must show you legitimate papers signed by a doctor they see on a regular basis, that says they need to have one. And even if it's a true ESA, they need to be friendly to everyone they meet, be up-to-date on their shots, and not disturb other neighbors by constant barking. Any dog that is outside most of the day,every day, is not an ESA, as the owner is not very "emotionally attached" to it. There are MANY scammers out there, trying to get away from having to pay to have a pet. All a LL can do, is know the federal laws regarding ESAs, and check out the person and pets first. There can be fines for charging for an ESA, when you shouldn't have, so know the laws FIRST.

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