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Breed-specific legislation is a relatively new law that has been implemented in many states and counties, banning those breeds of dogs that are deemed as vicious (Pit Bulls fall into this category). However, what this legislation is failing to take into account is that not all Pit Bulls (or the many other “Bully” breeds) are a danger to people or other animals. In fact, these dogs, raised in the right environment, are extremely loving, gentle and loyal.
Even though local laws may try and enforce breed-specific legislation laws, Federal laws protecting emotional support animals supersede these local laws. The FHA or Fair Housing Act protects individuals with ESA Pit Bulls to live with their handlers in their permanent homes and apartments.
Hopefully we can persuade the tenant not to take the dog, or switch another easy one.
1。 FHA规定不能拒绝emotional support animals, 即使是pitbull。
2. 即使地方政府有pitbull的法律， 也必须给FHA法律让步
3. As landlord, if you follow the FHA laws take the pitbull, you are risking to lose your property insurance, or signifantly increased insurance premium, not to mention the possible lawsuits. If not taking the dog, you are violating the FHA anti discrimation law.
What the awkward situation that every individual landlord may experience. These days tenants can get a ESA support letter for $69 from many sources, like online. In the letter, it clearly instructed tenant how to file a complain to various government agencies for discrimination if landlord reject the emotional support animal.
You have a right to ask for proper documentation about the safety of the dog:
Under the Fair Housing Act, a landlord has the right to ask for proper documentation for your Emotional Support Animal. This document comes in the form of an ESA letter from a licensed health care professional (LHCP). Licensed health care professionals who can write an ESA letter can include the following:
The U.S. Department of Housing (HUD) has given guidance that as best practice, the ESA letter should be on the LHCP’s letterhead, signed and dated by the LHCP, and contain the LHCP’s contact and license information. The ESA letter should state that the tenant has a mental or emotional impairment and that the tenant needs their ESA because it alleviates a symptom or effect of the impairment. ESA Doctors can help connect you to a health care professional that is licensed to assist you in your state and knowledgeable about ESAs.