Whether you can charge a pet deposit for an emotional support dog is the question this week for Ask Landlord Hank. Remember Hank is not an attorney and is not offering legal advice. If you have a question for him please fill out his form below.
Dear Landlord Hank,
Can you charge a pet deposit or rent fee for an emotional support dog?
Hi, Landlady Taylee,
A landlord is not supposed to look at an emotional support animal or service animal as a pet but rather as a needed medical device such as glasses, a walker, or a Seeing Eye dog.
I know a walker or your pair of glasses won’t have a urinary accident on the carpet, but you can’t charge a tenant a deposit nor extra rent for an emotional support dog, with REAL documentation, from a licensed medical provider.
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