Pets and condominium law: 3 important facts

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2023 | condominium law | 0 comments

Individuals who rent their condominium space may want a pet to join them for companionship and comfort. However, most rental agencies and private landlords have a variety of rules and regulations regarding pet ownership, especially when it comes to large-breed dogs or exotics.

The Tenant Resource Center notes that in most cases, occupants who own pets may want to get the condo’s rules in writing. Otherwise, learning several important facts regarding pet ownership while residing in a condominium may help those currently looking to rent.

1. Pets for the disabled have special rules

No landlord can deny a service animal to reside with its owner due to fair federal fair housing acts. Any landlord cannot turn away a prospective applicant with an animal that assists its owner, whether that person’s disability is physical or mental. This usually includes emotional support animals, which may include a wide range of species.

2. Landlords cannot charge a pet fee for service animals

While some condominium landlords might change a security fee or a certain deposit for pets, service animals do not fall under this category. No landlord can charge an additional fee for service or emotional support animals, no matter the species.

3. Damage securities may still apply

Condominium owners who allow pets may charge an additional security deposit in case an animal damages walls, carpets and doors. Landlords may subtract the total cost of any damage from a security deposit once an inspection uncovers problems caused by pets.

Individuals who own a service or support animal may want to obtain the proper paperwork and proof of disability before seeking out a condominium rental.