Condominium Associations Cannot Afford to Mishandle Service Animals
Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk
Insurance, Risk Management, Service Animals
Condominium associations are often approached by unit owners or tenants requesting an accommodation to have a service animal, even though the animal itself, either because of its species or size, violates an association’s pet policy. Though it’s not always easy to tell the difference between a service animal and a pet, condominium associations cannot afford to make this kind of mistake. Since the law does not treat service animals like pets, neither can condominium associations.
The rights of an individual with disability to use a service animal is protected by federal and Florida law. For example, Florida’s Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental or availability of a dwelling, including any associated services or facilities, because of a person’s disability. Discrimination includes the refusal to make reasonable accommodations to rules, policies, practices or services that may be necessary to give a disabled person equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. Cases involving service animals typical allege a failure to provide a reasonable accommodation.
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