Monday, August 10, 2015

More Than a Pet: Emotional Support Animals in Rental Properties

by Steven J. Krueger, Esq.

Most people are familiar with service animals—generally exemplified by a service dog assisting an individual with a disability. Only service dogs, miniature horses, and monkeys are recognized as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Wisconsin law prohibits a public place to deny entrance to a person with a disability accompanied by a service animal. Additionally, under Wisconsin housing law, if an individual's vision, hearing, or mobility is impaired, it is discrimination for a landlord to refuse to rent or sell housing to the individual, evict the individual, require extra compensation as a condition of continued residence, or harass the individual because she keeps a service animal that is specially trained to lead or assist her.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Learned the Hard Way: True Stories of Landlord-Tenant Law

by Robin L. Unander, Esq.

1. Unwelcome Dog

I assisted a tenant last summer who was facing eviction for having asked to have a small dog. The basis of the request was a companion animal for her because she suffered anxiety and depression. She made the request after residing in the unit for less than a month, and was told "no." She brought the dog to management to show them, and forwarded an email from her treatment provider (a licensed, clinical social worker who diagnosed her and was counseling her). Management unequivocally again said "no." No request for further documentation or information from her treating provider was made by management. Tenant had the dog removed from the apartment same day.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

So Let's Talk About . . . Companion/Comfort Animals In Rental Properties

by Tristan Pettit, Esq.

I have been promising that I would blog about this topic for months (could it possibly be over a year even) and the time has finally come. So let's talk about companion/comfort animals in rental properties.

 

Background

I will use the terms comfort animals and companion animals interchangeably throughout this post.

So we are all on the "same page" a companion animal is an animal that is NOT specifically trained or certified but rather provides a tenant with a disability with emotional support. Specifically trained and certified animals that assist people with disabilities is beyond the scope of this post.

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