Housing Discrimination Based on having Emotional Support Animals.

Freiman Legal can help California residents fight their discrimination case based on having Emotional Support Animals

In California, Landlords are required to allow renters to live with their emotional support animals. While there are exceptions, what this means, is that generally, a landlord may not evict a renter or even charge a pet deposit for emotional support animals.  Under the law, which includes the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), landlords are still permitted to require documentation supporting the fact that the renter has a disability and that reasonable accommodation for the support animal is necessary.

Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, a disability is defined as a "physical or mental impairment which significantly limits a person’s major life activities." Even in the case that a landlord states in the lease "no pets" or even restricts pets, they are certainly required to make a “reasonable accommodation” to allow pets who serve as assistance animals (i.e. emotional support animals).

According to the Humane Society, assistance animals are in a different legal classification than pets who are not assistance animals, which is why pet restrictions and fees are waived for them. They are animals that work, assist and/or perform tasks and services for the benefit of a person with a disability or provide emotional support that improves the symptoms of a disability.

There is no official certification or training for assistance animals, and they can assist in a wide variety of ways. Breed and weight restrictions do not apply to assistance or service animals

If you are a California resident living in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, San Francisco, San Diego or Glendale and the surrounding areas, Freiman Legal can help with your housing discrimination case based on having Emotional Support Animals.