Must a landlord allow me to have a comfort animal if my doctor has said I need one?

Answer

Though in most cases Federal law requires landlords to allow service animals, animals that perform certain tasks for disabled persons, comfort animals are not necessarily covered.

Comfort animals provide love or affection but don't actually do tasks for the resident. It depends on the property and management company and their individual policies. Many will accept a letter from a medical professional as evidence that the animal is needed but some will not. Contact the housing office that manages your unit for more information. You can search our website for housing authority and apartment community contact information here.

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