FAQs About the NYC Pet Law and Assistance Animals

The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on an individual’s disability, and requires a housing provider to make “reasonable accommodations” that are necessary for a person with a disability to fully use and enjoy his or her housing. This may include allowing tenants with a disability to keep an assistance animal, regardless of a “no-pets” policy. Under the law, an assistance animal is not considered a pet.

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