How would the ADA apply to an apartment that has a no dogs policy?

If an apartment doesn't allow dogs and a blind person who has a registered service dog wants to move in, is the apartment manager legally allowed to refuse to rent the apartment to him on the grounds that he doesn't want the dog to live there?

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  • 6 years ago
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    The ADA does not apply for most housing, unless the housing is owned by the government.

    The FHA is what applies to housing, but there are exemptions there as well.

    See here for more information:

    http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/FINALRULE/Pet_Owne...

    http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?i...

    http://www.fairhousing.com/include/media/pdf/insur...

    http://www.equalrightscenter.org/site/DocServer/As...

    Generally, a housing provider must allow a "reasonable accommodation" for a person with a disability to have their service animal with them for the duration of their tenancy, provided the tenant meets and follows the FHA guidelines.

    Source(s): Husband of blind woman who uses a guide dog.
  • 6 years ago

    Landlords have to make reasonable accommodations to allow disabled persons to live in their rental property. Permitting someone to live with a service dog would be a reasonable accommodation, so they would have to allow that. They don't have to make expensive modifications like installing elevators or ramps for someone in a wheelchair.

  • 6 years ago

    no, the manager can not refuse. service animals are exempt from those rules.

    if he does refuse, he is subject to suit in the courts -- I believe that triple damages apply.

    Source(s): grampa
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