Landlord Didn't Discriminate by Not Allowing Tenant to Have Pet
LVT Number: 11636
(Decision submitted by Dean M. Roberts of the Manhattan law firm of Szold & Brandwen, P.C., attorneys for the landlord.) HUD tenant filed a complaint for discrimination, claiming that landlord denied her a reasonable accommodation for her physical and mental disabilities by not allowing her to keep a pet dog for emotional support. Landlord pointed out that tenant signed a lease agreeing that no pets were allowed. Tenant argued that after suffering a heart attack she got the dog and that it helped relieve stress. Her doctor signed a letter stating the same thing. HUD ruled against tenant and dismissed her complaint. There was no reasonable cause to believe that landlord discriminated against her in violation of the Fair Housing Act when it told her she couldn't keep the dog.
Weiss v. Trump Village: HUD Case No. 02-96-0740-8 (3/25/97) [4-page document]