I will be speaking at the AASEW’s monthly meeting on the issue of companion/comfort animals and when a landlord must accept them in their rental properties.
Disability-related complaints, including those that involve assistance animals, are the most common complaint filed with HUD over the past few years. While the definition of a “service animal” under the ADA is very limited and requires that the animal be specifically trained (and excludes emotional support animals) that is not the case with the Fair Housing Act or Wisconsin’s Open Housing Law. A tenant has the right to request a “reasonable accommodation” to a landlord’s “no pet” or “limited pet” policy and a landlord may be legally required to allow them to have a comfort/companion animal to accommodate their disability.
I have seen a surge in tenant’s requesting such accommodations as evidenced by a increase in angry telephone calls from clients upset about this issue.
Attend the AASEW’s next meeting on August 18, 2014 at 7 pm at the Best Western Hotel located at 1005 S. Moorland Road in Brookfield, and learn about this important and timely topic.
The cost is free to AASEW members and $25 for non-members of expired members.
Hope to see many of you there.