If my apartment building does not allow dogs butI just got my dog registered as a “Service Dog”, do I legally have to disclose this to my landlord?

Asked on November 1, 2011 under Real Estate Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Although an apartment building does not allow dogs, there are statutes in each state requring special service dogs as well as dogs who assist people with impaired vision to be allowed in the unit. An increased security deposit can be requested by the landlord.

In your situation, I suggest that you advise your landlord in writing that you have a registered service dog who will be residing with you in the rental. Whether or not you have to advise the landlord of this depends upon the terms of your written lease. Good luck.


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