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My landlord has told me there are no dogs allowed in our unit

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My landlord has told me there are no dogs allowed in our unit when I moved in. However, after moving in I have found out that she allows another tenant to have a dog. What kind of case do I have? Is this a form of discrimination? What kind of lawyer do I need to speak with?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
Hello
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
You may elect to proceed with a landlord tenant lawyer. It is not discrimination, but allowing another to have a pet, may give ground for a claim of waiver. Practically, consider having a pet and then contesting a complaint, should landlord raise one
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
Let me know if that is fast and acceptable.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
What does this mean?
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
two options. get a pet, and see if landlord complains. If does, claim waiver, which means landlord waived no pets by allowing pets in another unit.
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
or raise the issue with landlord directly before bringing a pet in.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Can I use this to get out of my lease?
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
Only if landlord continues to not allow it. You need to give landlord a chance to change his mind.
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
Good luck. Please let me know if the answer is acceptable
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Okay so if they don't allow me to have a dog but allow the other person to have a dog, I can legally ask her to let me out of my lease? Can I sue?
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
Right. I do not see basis for a lawsuit. No discrimination. You would move on to another place which will accomodate.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Okay. But I still don't understand how this is not discrimination? I have an email from her where she is VERY loud about no pets allowed in the building. She made a huge argument about it (which I have on record) because she thought I was going to bring my old dog. How is allowing one person to have a dog and not another not a form of discrimination?
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
discrimination has to be on basis of race, gender, age, nationality or disability
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
Landlord technically does not have to offer equal terms and benefits to all tenants alike.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The neighborhood I am in is all Armenian. The women who has the dog is her friend and they are both Armenian. I am not Armenian.
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
If nationality is basis for disparate treatment you may proceed with a claim.
You have a few options. Let me outline them. You can pursue a complaint in civil court. You may sue for losses suffered plus costs and interest. You can also file a complaint with the attorney general office. You can threaten these options before pursuing and use for leverage. local counsel can also get involved! martindale.com and findlaw.com are both excellent lookup directories. Both highly rated. Both used by lawyers. Easy to search and find local options. Good luck. Kindly rate the answer OK or higher.