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I suffer from hypertension and segmented dystonia can I have

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I suffer from hypertension and segmented dystonia can I have have a very small dog for companionship in a no dogs apt complex
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 1 year ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

In order to be allowed to have an animal in a no-pets facility, it has to be an assistance animal, rather than a pet. A landlord does not have to allow a pet in a no-pets building for someone who is lonely - it would be up to the person wanting the pet to seek other living arrangements. That means you'd need to be able to establish that you have a disability affecting one or more of life's functions, and that having an animal is required to assist you with that disability or improve your symptoms. That requires getting a note from your doctor indicating your need for an assistance animal and making a request for a reasonable accommodation from the landlord. A pet is not considered a reasonable accommodation, so the request and the letter need to make it clear that you require this animal to assist you with your disability.

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