Service Dogs

Service Dogs in No-Pet Apartment Buildings

October 16, 2013 | Real Estate News, Rental Trends and Real Estate News

It may take more than a doctor’s note to get your service dog into a no-pet building in New York City. 

When it comes to what defines a disability that warrants a service animal, there is significant gray area in the laws, allowing people with a wide range of mental and physical conditions to seek waivers for their dogs in no-pet apartment buildings.

Most people know that landlords are required to accommodate residents with disabilities. The gray area lies in the fact that landlords have to decide what constitutes a legitimate disability and whether or not that dog is truly medically helpful.

With word spreading on the broadness of service animal laws, the number of requests in no-pet building for service dogs and other service pets is on the rise in New York City. Many properties managers are now requesting more documentation than just a note from a doctor, such as a license from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, or leaving the decision up to their attorneys.

While some are concerned about the number of bogus or fraudulent service dog claims, others are concerned about how stricter policies may affect those who are truly in need.

What do you think about this issue?

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