(Closed) Arguing our case for a cat with super fussy landlords

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have no idea whether you have a shot, but you should definitely give it a try!  I would start by explaining your daughter’s condition, if you feel comfortable doing so, and explaining that the doctor said that she needs a therapy animal. If possible, get this in writing from the doc.  Explain that because it’s a therapy animal, it would be extremely well behaved, no chance of it peeing outside the box, etc., and that you would clean the litter box every single day.

My lease also had a no-pets provision, but the landlord changed it when we asked, since we’d been living here for several years and he knew that we’re responsible.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I used to work in property management and they cannot say no if it is an assistance animal. They cannot ask for any paperwork on it nor can they ask you to prove it, only thing they can ask is for vet records and they are allowed to do housekeeping inspections if they choose to make sure the animal hasn’t damaged anything. You are legally within your rights to have a cat, however, they are also within there rights not to renew your lease without any reason.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Get a drs note. If you have one. No deposit. and they can’t say no

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Maybe you can get your doctor to put in writing that a therapy pet is required. If they saw this, maybe they would understand, and let them know about how well trained and clean it will be. They are probably just worried about the house smelling like pets.It sounds like they are reasonable people, so they will hopefully understand and allow it. Is it a house, or apartment (just curious)?

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do not give them a doctors note, if they ask for it they are in violation of the Fair Housing Act as well as HIPPA laws. They ARE NOT allowed to ask ANY questions once you tell them it is an assistance animal. However if they ask for one then don’t renew your lease, you would be able to sue them under the fair housing act for discrimination.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@KendallR10 – no, they are not allowed to ask for anything. I had to renew a lease once for a person because the previous manager asked for proof, as a matter of fact we couldn’t even make her pay the rent increase for the animals. Our corporate attorneys were pissed because we were trying to empty the building for renovations.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

If they are as nice as you say and if you have such a good standing with them then you should be able to at least explain the situation and ask them. The worst they can say is no, I doubt they would evict you or anything like that for asking.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My old roomie had a note and was allowed to keep a cat in our no pets allowed apartment. I just texted her and she said she had to show them a note…didn’t know it was a violation of HIPPA! Interesting!

I forgot to add…Good Luck! I hope they are willing to make an exception for your family.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@KatyElle: If you have a positive relationship established with your landlord, I’m sure that would help. How long have you been living there? I’m sure they are just really strict because they have had bad experiences with tenants in the past; think of all the crazy renters they have probably had to deal with over the years. I would just be completely honest and up front about it with them, and if they have an issue with it, you may want to consider finding a new place to go once your lease is up or subletting your place out and finding something else.

Good luck!!

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