How to Break Your Landlord`s Resistance to Pets?
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It’s not a rare case when landlords refuse to give pet owners a chance to rent an apartment. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons why pets eventually end up being abandoned and taken to shelters. And there is a simple explanation to this – with all the restrictions and no-pet policies, finding a pet-friendly home can be a real challenge.
But what if you have a special type of pet that gives you the needed support and comfort and plays a vital role in your life? As stated in the laws on this matter, landlords can’t deny ESA owners an opportunity to rent housing for themselves and their pets even if they don’t allow animals in their properties.
However, there is an exception to every rule so that despite the existing laws, the landlord may still show resistance to your ESA. If that’s your case, don’t worry because there are many things you can do to confirm your legal right and persuade the landlord that you’re a responsible tenant.
Want to learn more? Here’s all you should know about how to prove your right for renting no-pet housing and how to build good relations with the owner of your future home.
What Is Federal Fair Housing Act?
Housing laws for disabled and no-pet policy
Property owners reserve the right to follow a no-pet policy if, for some reason, they don’t want pets in their housing. However, they can lift this rule if the tenant wants to share housing with an emotional support animal and has a confirmation of his/her mental disability.
At times, the landlords may be resistant to give you the right to rent their apartments if you have an exotic animal or your ESA is of a dangerous breed. But other than that, the housing laws for disabled oblige property owners to show no discrimination against ESA handlers. In such cases, it would be the landlord’s duty to let the ESA owner rent a no-pet apartment if they have a valid ESA letter at hand.
When housing laws don’t work
There are cases when a landlord can refuse to accomodate your ESA
Where Are Emotional Support Dogs Allowed?
Despite everything written above, sometimes you as an ESA handler may be denied the privilege to live with your pet. In fact, there are situations when the landlord may not grant you this right and no one would blame him for it. Such exceptions to the existing laws include the next circumstances:
- You don’t have good enough evidence that you’re a disabled person and require emotional support. Without a legal medical document from a healthcare provider, the landlord can’t allow you to rent no-pet housing.
- Your specific disability doesn’t require you to have the assistance animal and your need for an ESA is not backed up by any written proof.
- Your ESA is likely to cause damage to the rental property due to its size or breed. In most cases, landlords are willing to accept only dogs and cats while other types of ESA may not always be permitted.
- Your animal poses a risk to the wellbeing or safety of other tenants and this risk cannot be minimized in any way. As a result, the animal may become a financial burden for the landlord.
Remember that despite your legal right to rent no-pet housing, you may face problems if your animal causes disruption in the rental property.
Tips on how to overcome the landlord’s reluctance to pets
Use these tips to make your ESA truly welcome in any kind of rented apartment
The only way to make the landlord accept your pet and show no resistance is to demonstrate that you can become a great tenant and your ESA won’t be a source of problems throughout the rental period. How to achieve this? Here are a few tips for becoming a responsible tenant and fighting the landlord’s reluctance to ESAs:
Landlord's Rights Regarding Emotional Support Animals
- Read the lease carefully
It may seem too simple but that’s what you must do. Reading the lease serves one important purpose – to understand what you can and cannot do as a tenant, what possible problems you may face and what responsibilities you have. To be on the safe side, just make sure you don’t sign the lease without reading it first.
- Never break the lease
It’s best to stick to the lease as much as you can, simply because it’ll help you to stay on good terms with the landlord. And if your ESA causes any problems, it’s better to inform the property owner right away. In most cases, landlords understand the possible risks and would rather choose to minimize the potential damage so just be honest with them and let them know if anything happens.
- Treat the rental housing like your personal one
To make sure the landlord isn’t resistant to your pet and has no doubts or concerns, it’s always better to treat the property with good care. Just try to ensure everything stays clean and tidy as if it’s your own home. Treating the apartment well will also let you avoid extra payments for any damage caused by your ESA.
- Get permission to live with your pet
Let’s face it – most landlords don’t like tenants with pets as the risk of wear and tear in this case is very high. And it’s not because they hate pets or anything like that. No. They just don’t want any disruption in their property. That’s why you must always inform the landlord about your situation beforehand.
- Pay a security deposit
One more way to fight the resistance of your landlord to your pet is to make sure you pay the security deposit in advance. It’s also worth to give the landlord some reasonable evidence that your ESA is a well-behaved one and the deposit you’re making is nothing else but a safety precaution.
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As an extra tip, just be sure to leave the property in its original state because you as a tenant are responsible for keeping the apartment clean. Try to do your best and treat the property with care to ensure that no accidents happen during the rental period.
When you’re renting an apartment and live together with your ESA, the most important thing is to be respectful of the rental property you’re sharing with your pet. Mutual respect is the key to having no problems with the landlord and it’s the best way to break their reluctance to pets.
You should only remember that the landlord still reserves the right to verify your need for the ESA. The property owner has a right to request some evidence that you have a disability and need emotional support. This is usually achieved with the help of the ESA letter.
In fact, all the necessary things about your situation are usually mentioned in the ESA certificate so you must show it to the property owner before signing the lease. If your request is confirmed and proved reasonable, the landlord wouldn’t have any grounds to deny you the legal right to rent no-pet housing.
That’s about all you should remember when choosing a home for yourself and your furry mate. Now you can go looking for suitable accommodation to start a new life with your ESA.
Ready to try? Then contact a licensed therapist and apply for an ESA letter to access your housing rights and use them to the fullest.