Support animals (also known as emotional support animals) have been a growing concern for property owners. As a loss control representative, I find that many property managers and owners are unfamiliar with all the complexities of accommodating support animal requests. Many of our policyholders believe there is nothing they can do but allow anyone to have any animal they want. However, this is not the case.
Below are 6 facts about support animals that every property owner should know to protect their business interests.
Educating yourself and your staff members on the regulations surrounding support animals will help you make informed decisions concerning your properties.
United States, Congress, OFFICE OF FAIR HOUSING AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act, HUDAsstAnimalNC1-28-2020.Pdf, 2020.