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.
The Do's and Don'ts of Service Animals
Jul 07, 2016