can a landlord refuse a dog if it is in writing from a doctor for medical purposes?

Is it a MN law if you have a doctor's note to be able to keep a dog for medical purposes if there is a no pet clause from your landlord?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Th law that protects you is the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

    You have to be disabled under the ADA (not Social Security) for a service dog OR have be disabled (again under the ADA) or be elderly for a Emotional Support Animal.

    A service dog is one that is individually trained to mitigate the disability of the handler. In the US, service dogs are neither certified nor registered. Emotional Support Animals do not have special training other than basic obedience and manners. They are not allowed in non pet friendly public places but are allowed in no pet housing and on planes (with psychiatric disabilities) with proper doctors documentation.

    What you need is a letter from your physician stating that you need the dog (specify either service dog or emotional support animal) and why.

    You can find sample letters here:

    portal.hud.gov/.../portal/HUD/program_offices/administration/hudclips/notices/pih/files/10-26pihn.doc - Text Version

    www.hud.gov/.../Letters/DLC-Animal-Letter/Sample-letter-for-Companion-Animal.doc - 2009-05-14 - Text Version

    Source(s): Disabled Service Handler/Owner Trainer
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  • 4 years ago

    The owner of the dog needs to know how to "operate" the dog, same way you can get into a car that's in perfect running order but if you don't know how to drive you won't have much luck making the car go anywhere. If the owner doesn't know how to maintain the training, the dog will soon become untrained again. Read more here https://tr.im/05juU

    People seem to think that once a dog is trained, that's it. Not true. You must reinforce the dog's training every single day in some way. It's best if the owner and the dog go together to get trained. As a professional trainer once said to me "We can train any dog in 2 days. It takes longer to train the owners

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    You mean like a seeing-eye dog?

    Legally I don't think a landlord can refuse a seeing-eye dog, because that would constitute discrimination of the blind owner.

    ANY kind of PET dog, though, they can make any legal rule they want.

    The "medical purpose" must also be accepted by the STATE you live in as a bonafide medical purpose. A doctor's note doesn't cut it.

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  • 9 years ago

    If your dog is a registered therapy dog, no. If you are just going in with a note from the doctor, yes.

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  • 9 years ago

    A note will not do it.

    You have to be recognized as disabled by Social Security and the animal has to be a certified assistance animal, If it is a "companion animal" it is a pet.

    When you obtain your service animal they will give you the required paperwork for that animal, which you need to carry to take the animal into housing, grocery stores, restaurants etc.

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  • Jan
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    9 years ago

    If the dog is a registered service dog,they cannot refuse the animal. If the dog is not a registered service dog,they can refuse.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No

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