The Law Office of Seth Rosenfeld, Esq.
We Can Answer All Your Questions
During A FREE Consultation
800-699-1594
Menu Contact

Must New York landlords allow service animals for the disabled?

In a word, yes. Many people living with a disability experience great benefits from the presence of a service or assistance animal. However, some New York landlords do not permit pets inside their rental units.

Considering the massive amount of damage animals can cause to a house or an apartment, no-pet policies are understandable. Still, property owners who try to disallow service or assistance animals may face landlord-tenant disputes. To remain in compliance with the nation's Fair Housing Act (FHA), it is wise to learn how the law works.

Most landlords know that they must provide reasonable accommodations to tenants with disabilities. However, they might not realize that permitting service and assistance animals is a part of the reasonable accommodations regulation. As long as the tenant provides proof that the animal is necessary, you must allow its presence in your rental.

Many people think that service animals and assistance animals are the same. However, they are not. Service animals perform specific tasks for people. For example, a blind tenant might need the services a guide dog provides. An assistance animal, on the other hand, may provide specific services and/or it may simply give the disabled emotional support. An example of an assistance animal is a cat that helps ease depression or anxiety.

Despite the FHA's rules, property owners can pursue a legal remedy if a service or assistance animal becomes a nuisance to other renters or the property owner. While the law seeks to make certain that the rights of disabled tenants remain protected, it also considers the needs and rights of landlords as well.

An attorney with experience helping property owners in landlord-tenant disputes can help. If a service or assistance animal is causing problems in one of your rental properties, consider reaching out for legal assistance.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Vigorous Advocacy, Cost-Effective Solutions

To schedule a free consultation with experienced landlord-tenant lawyers, please call our firm at 800-699-1594 or send an email using the form provided. We are committed to working together with you to resolve your legal concerns.

Email Us For A Response

Vigorous Advocacy, Cost-Effective Solutions

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

118-21 Queens Blvd.
Suite 509
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Toll Free: 800-699-1594
Fax: 718-793-4089
Forest Hills Law Office Map