Service Animals and Austin Rental Property
Allowing pets at your Austin rental property is often a big topic. If you are a DIY landlord or Austin property management company you should know the laws about pets, service animals and emotional service animals.
Do you have a “Restricted Breed List”? or also called “Most Aggressive List”? If What do you do if the potential tenant has a service animal that is on your restricted breed list? Or, what if you choose not to accept animals at all, and an potential tenant has a service animal? Are you familiar with the fair housing law on this topic?
While you are a current rental property landlord or Austin property management company, you must know and accept the law. Even “aggressive listed” animals, must be accepted as service animals.
To handle these situations properly, if the disability is not obvious, a property manager may ask for documentation that the disability exists and creates a need for a service animal. The landlord can not ask specifically what the disability is.
If the animal is determined to be a pet, then the landlord can deny any breed or animal in accordance with their pet policies.
Do some research in your area regarding service animals and Austin property management. Know the laws about service animals and what you can and cannot ask for according the law. Call your Governor’s Office, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services or your local HUD office.
We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.