Some landlords prefer to rent to dog owners, finding them a more responsible class of tenants. Some allow small dogs. And some will make an exception to their usual no dogs rule if they become convinced that they're dealing with a responsible owner—which means that an official no dogs policy isn't
The federal Fair Housing Act requires that landlords make “reasonable accommodations” for tenants with disabilities. Allowing an animal can be such an accommodation. (The Fair Housing Amendments Act, 42 U.S.C. § § 3601–3619.) State statutes may offer additional protections. As a practical matter,
The foreclosure crisis has affected not only homeowners, but their pets, too. Suddenly faced with the need to find a rental, many ex-homeowners are turned away when prospective landlords say, "No pets." The result? Shelters are flooded with family pets that can't find homes. If you're a landlord, maybe it's time for you to rethink your policies.
I am a single person who prefers pets to children. When I moved into my apartment nine years ago, small dogs and cats were allowed. They have since discontinued the dog part of the policy. This does not affect my current dog, but will probably keep me from getting another one in the future. I am wondering why large apartment complexes are allowed to discriminate this way. Is there any legal recourse for this situation?
Several months ago, a friend of mine's father was dying of cancer and asked us to take care of his puppy until he returned from getting treatment. He has yet to return and my lease states that any dog has to be under 17 inches and under 25 pounds, which this dog is not. I have grown attached to the dog and do not wish to give him up, but the apartment manager called us up to the office and told us that we have two weeks to get rid of the dog. How do eviction laws work? Is there any way we can break our lease?