Landlords and Dogs

The conventional wisdom is that dogs and apartments don't mix. This is a particularly unhappy state of affairs as households shrink, house prices rise, and more and more people live in apartments. If you haven't given up and gotten a gerbil, read on. And take heart: with a little cooperation among landlord, tenant, and dog, many dog-owning tenants can live happily in rental housing.

This section discusses how a landlord and prospective tenant can work out a lease or rental agreement that's fair to both sides. It also looks at no pets clauses in leases: when they apply and when they don't.

Assistance dogs. Landlords may not legally refuse to rent to disabled tenants who own trained guide, signal, or service dogs.

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