There is a new topic floating about in the real estate market and it isn’t AirBnB or House-flipping… it is understanding the complexities of providing for those with Service and Assistance Animals. The rules and regulations that come along with providing the necessary needs for Service and Assistance Animals is delicate and intricate in nature. These intricacies are as foreign to some as walking the streets in Bombay, India.
As a Landlord or Property Manager we take on many risks and responsibilities. This also includes our knowledge regarding the use of Service and Assistance Animals and if we act improperly we can get hit hard by a present Tenant, a State agency, or a Federal agency for violating the Fair Housing Laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
It is a balancing act for Landlords and Property Managers, as is the artfully practiced lifelong journey of yoga.
Thoughts to consider when educating yourself on the importance of creating inclusivity for individuals with Service and Assistance Animals:
- How to obey the laws that have been put in place that protect Tenant’s needs for the animals that help them live a better life.
- How to protect the Landlord’s asset value and property rights if they, as the Landlord, do not want pets living in their prospective properties.
- How to determine if a Tenant’s animal is truly a Service/Assistance animal, or is simply a pet in the most gracious and cautious way possible.
- How to protect the current employees of the property management company and vendors from possible personal injury by animals while working in, on, and near the properties.
Here is a great article of many news postings published about this important topic concerning the real estate industry today.
As with all things related to rental property, as a Landlord and investor, your success with renting properties depends on the professionals you hire to manage your current assets. The best property managers have the knowledge, experience, and thoroughness of their processes and checklists to minimize your financial and legal risks and retain your TRUST.