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DKMYHEART

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I rent rooms (2) in my house to college students. I have them sign a 1 year agreement. In that agreement it say no pets. Now 1 of the new guys is saying that he needs a support animal. But I don't want them in my house and he cannot take the animal to classes. Since this is a private home with only 1 address, do I have to allow this?
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No.  You are exempt under the Fair Housing Act since you live there:

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The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.


Tell him you are sorry but he can't have an ESA in your home and wish him best of luck.

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Also, not all of these ESAs are as protected as people want to think. States will vary, but federally, they have to have a bona fide disability and the animal has to be trained to do something specific to that disability (seeing eye dog, alert owner to a seizure or low blood sugar, etc.). 'It keeps me calm' doesn't qualify.
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Thank you
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 the animal has to be trained to do something specific to that disability (seeing eye dog, alert owner to a seizure or low blood sugar, etc.).


I think you are confusing a Service Animal with an Emotional Support Animal.

A Service Animal has to be specifically trained to perform a certain task and are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  ESA's don't have to be trained or perform a task other than provide comfort.  They are not covered under the ADA but still fall under the Fair Housing Act.

It's confusing because there are two Federal laws covering similar situations.

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LLinVA

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And when there is an 'ESA', we found more qualified applicants, sorry.
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And when there is an 'ESA', we found more qualified applicants, sorry.


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