Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak P.C.Attorneys And Counsellors at Law
Call Us For An Initial Consultation
734-407-7193 | 773-435-9064

Condo association insists on documentation for service dog

The Fair Housing Act protects Michigan residents and all other Americans who are members of protected classes from discrimination when they are choosing a home. A recent situation involving a disabled condominium owner brings to light how the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act work together to protect disabled individuals.

The Florida woman owns a dog, named Maui, who originally provided her with emotional support. She eventually decided to train him to be a service animal to help her with her disabilities.

The condominium association where the woman lives does not allow dogs near its pool unless they are documented service animals. Maui's owner says that she has documentation from her psychologist stating that she is disabled and that she is protected under Fair Housing and the ADA. The condominium association says that without specific documentation for the dog as a service animal, it will fine Maui's owner $100 each time she brings the dog near the pool. Maui's owner has submitted documents of some type to the condo association.

The Fair Housing Act protects members of protected classes from being discriminated against when they seek to buy or rent a home. Disabled people have different protections under Fair Housing and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA requires that entities make accommodations for the needs of the disabled. The question of whether a pet is a service animal and should be allowed in pet-restricted areas might be legally complicated, but the ADA does state that entities are not allowed to ask for documentation that a dog is a service animal.

SOURCE: ADA.gov, 'Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals," July 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Call Our Offices In Wyandotte, Mi And Chicago, IL

Wyandotte Office
2915 Biddle Avenue
Edelson Building
Suite 200
Wyandotte, MI 48192

Phone: 734-407-7193
Fax: 734-281-7102
Map & Directions

Chicago Office
33 North LaSalle
Suite 3350
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 773-435-9064
Fax: 773-289-0767
Map & Directions

Email Us For a Response

How Can We Help You

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

ABA Illinois State Bar Association Indiana State Bar Association Federal Bar Association State Bar of Michigan