Hi, Doug. You were very helpful in my answering my last question, so I would like to ask you another. My family will be looking for a new apartment
in the Los Angeles area. We have an officially registered service dog (50+ lbs) with all of the appropriate
papers. As I understand, the American Disabilities Act prohibits any landlord to prevent a potential tenant from renting an apartment based solely on their ownership of a service animal. With an increasing number of landlords prohibiting dogs, and many people
claiming to have service dogs without actually having them trained, it has become harder to rent an apartment with a dog, service animal or not. I want to do the right thing and notify new landlords upon application that we have a registered service animal.
However, some landlords frown upon the presence of a dog regardless of their purpose. I have never been turned down for a rental, my credit history has always been solid, nor have I ever been a problem tenant. How can we go about appropriately presenting the
fact that we have a service dog, and preventing a landlord from rejecting our application?