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Question: A tenant of mine wants to have two assistive animals in his rental unit. I know I have to allow a seeing-eye dog, but why would a person need two animals? Do I have to allow that?
Answer: Yes, if the person can provide verification for the need for both assistive animals, then you have to grant the reasonable accommodation and permit the tenant to keep both animals.
While under the Americans with Disabilities Act – a service animal only qualifies if they assist with a person’s physical disabilities, that is not the case under state or federal fair housing laws. Under fair housing laws, a person may need a service animal to treat a mental disability such post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety.
Therefore, in the context of fair housing. it is possible that a tenant would need both a service animal for their physical disability and one for their mental disability. Also, it’s possible that they would need more than one animal for different physical or mental disabilities.
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