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Get Connected => Pets and Animals => Topic started by: s on November 08, 2018, 11:55:35 AM

Title: Emotional Support Animal in Co-op
Post by: s on November 08, 2018, 11:55:35 AM
I plan on getting an emotional support animal (a small dog) but I live in a co-op with a no dog rule. Cats are allowed as far as I know. Has anyone ever dealt with this issue? What steps did you take to get approved besides getting a note from a medical professional?
Title: Re: Emotional Support Animal in Co-op
Post by: am315 on November 08, 2018, 05:22:03 PM
If you haven't already you should call the building's management and contact the board and ask what the requirements are, if any. I suggest you contact them first so that you get their buy in on this and you bring them in early on in the process. They may not have developed any protocol on this and your heads up may get them started on doing so.
Title: Re: Emotional Support Animal in Co-op
Post by: Ms. Jackson on November 08, 2018, 09:42:34 PM
The person seeking the emotional support animal must have a verifiable disability (i.e., a doctor's note stating the need for an emotional support animal; the reason cannot just be a need for companionship). The animal is viewed as a "reasonable accommodation" under the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (FHA or FHAct) to those housing communities that have a "no pets" rule.
Title: Re: Emotional Support Animal in Co-op
Post by: s on November 12, 2018, 03:12:28 PM
I've already contacted my management company and they are being very slow with a response. :(
Title: Re: Emotional Support Animal in Co-op
Post by: rhydewithdis on January 27, 2019, 01:39:27 PM
The person seeking the emotional support animal must have a verifiable disability (i.e., a doctor's note stating the need for an emotional support animal; the reason cannot just be a need for companionship). The animal is viewed as a "reasonable accommodation" under the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (FHA or FHAct) to those housing communities that have a "no pets" rule.

these rules are flaunted way too often - folks have been getting crazy with their emotional support animals on planes
https://abcnews.go.com/US/airlines-crack-emotional-support-animals-plane-cabins/story?id=56791124
Title: Re: Emotional Support Animal in Co-op
Post by: mkn567 on December 13, 2020, 11:15:33 PM
Yes, you can have one. Two people in my building have emotional support dogs and there is nothing the coop board can do about it so long as it is recommended by a doctor.

If it is necessary, do it. And don't feel bad. Other people can have cats and screaming, stomping children, but you can't have a dog? please. enjoy
Title: Re: Emotional Support Animal in Co-op
Post by: carrefour_ny on December 14, 2020, 02:15:18 PM
The two articles below offer context on a tenant's rights as well as on coop's rights:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/07/realestate/do-pets-pose-a-covid-risk.html and https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/21/realestate/emotional-support-pets-in-pet-free-buildings.html