Landlords and tenants have rights in New York. In Suffolk County, many jurisdictions require that a landlord obtain a rental permit prior to renting an apartment or home. In cases where a landlord has failed to obtain a rental permit when required, the facts of a case and the jurisdiction determine the whether the landlord may prosecute a claim or recover monetary damages.
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Under federal law, landlords are required to provide “reasonable accommodations” based on an individual’s disability. Disabilities can be mental, emotional, or physical in nature. Landlords must comply with the Fair Housing Act, and regardless of a pet policy, a landlord may be required to permit a tenant to keep a service animal to accommodate an individual’s disability.
Service animals may assist with mental, emotional, or physical needs. Additionally, a service animal could include any type of animal that qualifies. Traditionally people consider service animals to be dogs, but they can also include cats, birds, rabbits, and any other animal that may assist with the person’s disability. These animals are not considered pets, but working animals.
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