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Today, we are going to talk about Assistance Animals. There are 3 types of Assistance Animals, namely: Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Therapy Animals.
The reason why we bring up this topic is that you can encounter tenants who will apply for your rental unit and will be bringing with them a Service Animal, Emotional Support Animal, or Therapy Animal. You may be wondering what are the differences between these animals and their roles as well as your obligations as a landlord. Should you accommodate these animals?
1. What is the difference between Service Animals, Therapy Animals, and Emotional Support Animals and what are your rights concerning these animals?
2. Are you allowed to charge extra rent and additional security deposit from a tenant who has a service animal?
3. What are the only two questions you can ask a tenant who has a Service Animal?
4. What document can you ask from a tenant who has an Emotional Support Animal?
5. Should you allow a Therapy Animal in your unit?
Let's talk about the first of these 5 questions. What is the difference between Service Animals, Therapy Animals, and Emotional Support Animals and what are your rights concerning these animals?
Types of Assistance Animals and Your Rights
For the rest of this lesson, existing Landlord Prep students should log-in to the module entitled Between Tenants - Finding New Tenants & Advertising - Assistance Animals (i.e.seeing eye dogs).
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