The Do's and Don'ts of Service Animals

Buying

According to Margy Grant, Senior Legal Council with the Florida Realtors,  a  landlord or a Home Owner's Association who does not make reasonable accomodations in their rules, policies, practices or services and if such accomodations do not afford a person, with a service animal equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling could be in violation of the federal Fair Housing laws..  Under the Fair Housing laws, a housing provider cannot require service animals to have any specific training, apply a blanket weight or breed restriction, require pet insurance or charge a pet deposit. Realtors are advised if representing a buyer not to participate in unlawful discrimination.  If an agent is asked a question or is asked to make acceptions to the law, we are to immediately refer the party to an attorney.  It is recommended to document your actions.