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Keep your pet even though your landlord says No!

Updated on August 23, 2012

Keep your pet even though your landlord says no!

Today there are many people who are now new apartment dwellers. Formally they have owned a home and because of today’s economy they have lost everything. It is bad enough that we are losing our homes, cars, and possessions because the job market has fallen but we are also told that we cannot keep our best friend. I do not know how many times I hear “just drop them off at the pound!” I do not know about you but my animals are my best friend next to my significant other and children.

According to and the having a pet can lower your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, feelings of loneliness and pets can increase the exercise you get. I know I have to walk, pick up after and take care of my animals and I am in better shape for it. I went on a hike in the sierras and did very well. I know that I was in better shape because of all of the activity I have to do every day because I have animals.

There was a young girl that I heard about who was in college, had a cat and needed to rent an apartment. The advice she was given by everyone was to get rid of her best friend. There is a way to keep one pet per person even though your landlord is telling you no. You will probably have to give them a pet deposit but legally you can keep your pet.

So how can you keep your pet? Because of the health benefits of an animal according to section 504 under the FHAct fair housing sheet #6, you can have a mental health animal under reasonable accommodations.

“Disabled individuals may request a reasonable accommodation for assistance animals in addition to dogs, including emotional support animals, under the FHAct or Section 504. In situations where both laws apply, housing providers must meet the broader FHAct/Section 504 standard in deciding whether to grant reasonable accommodation requests.”

This includes sadness, depression, anxiety, panic attacks…

So how do I do this go to your Doctor and discus it with him and take the forms that the Doctor needs to sign from your landlord. If it is a private owner you can have your Doctor write a prescription for your cat or dog. Most owners know about this but will not let you know. They will just say they do not accept pets.

Our little miss
Our little miss | Source

This is little miss she was born wild in the back of our air conditioner. We brought the kittens in and coaxed the mommy in. Now they have taken over the living room and are semi tame, safe and happy.

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