Emotional Support Animals
Our client had a documented need to rightfully have an emotional support animal live with him. The condo association challenged him and we stepped in. They tried to limit where the dog could walk and go to the bathroom and really overstepped their bounds. We negotiated a settlement where he got to keep the dog and a few extra dollars for his inconvenience. The Fair Housing Act provides that a person with a diagnosed disability has a right to use and enjoy their home to the same extent as someone without a disability. Sometimes to do so, the person needs an emotional support animal and the law allows for that. An ESA is not a pet and the pet policy does not apply when seeking a reasonable accommodation for an emotional support animal.