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I think I have seen it all. My sister owns a 4 family house and she lives in one of the units. She says no pets - she has allergies and does not want pets on the premises. Recently, she was about to rent to a new tenant and they said that no pets rules don't apply to them - they have an emotional support animal.
It's a pig. It's a pot bellied pig, totally indoors.
My sister is freaking out about the idea of a pig living inside the house, and is worried about the other tenants too.
This isnt like a guide dog for the blind. Does she HAVE to rent to this tenant? She is afraid if she doesnt she will be sued - and if she does she will lose tenants and her property will lose value. And she'll have headaches and sneezing all the time.
I think your sister has a right to ask for some kind of certification. Like, a note from the doctor who prescribed this.
Its true, with a documented emotional support animal, they dont pay pet rent, arent subject to no pets rules, etc. But check your state laws, there may be something about a landlord making reasonable accomodations. And a pig in a four family house doesnt sound reasonable.
Take a look at our article here: http://myrentrates.com/advice/RentalHousingandEmotionalSupportAnimalsKnowtheLaw
1-4 family housing owners are exempt. They do not have to do this if there is a no pets rule. But check it out with a local real estate attorney first.
This has gotten insane. Recently one of these yappy uncontrolled animals ruined a meal in a restaurant for me and my family.
I mean, who lets a terrier put their paws on a table in a restaurant? That's not behavior of a service animal.
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