Understand ESA laws in rental contexts. Are they pets or service animals? The answer lies somewhere in between.
Emotional support animals (ESAs) have been a hot-button topic in the rental industry for years. We explain what an ESA is, the national rules regarding ESAs in rental units, and how to protect your business from running afoul of the Fair Housing Act.
ESAs are often misunderstood entities in the landlord-tenant relationship. They serve a significant purpose for tenants with mental or emotional disabilities, such as anxiety or depression. Unlike service animals, ESAs don’t require special training and are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).
The session included interactive polls and case studies, helping attendees apply their knowledge to real-life scenarios. We addressed frequently asked questions, providing clarity on topics like handling multiple ESAs, dealing with ESA-related disturbances, and the nuances of tenant requests.
Navigating the world of ESAs as a landlord can be challenging, but with the right knowledge and approach, it’s manageable. Our session aimed to equip landlords with the necessary tools and understanding to handle ESA requests effectively, balancing the needs of their business with the legitimate needs of their tenants.
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