It has been more than five years since the federal law on assistance animals got its last major revision; yet, landlords continue to send questions and comments on the topic to our chat, email and online forums.
Admittedly, it was a dramatic shift, requiring rental property owners who had traditionally banned dogs and other animals to accept tenants with assistance animals. Even landlords who welcomed pets have been scratching their heads over new guidelines on animal deposits and fees.
Doubtless, some of the confusion stems from additional rules that individual states set on assistance animals in rentals. Canada's provinces have also set their own guidelines. But basic questions also surround what, exactly, an assistance animal is.
So, here is our primer on the definitions, the rules, and the sources for more information on assistance animals in rental units.