Pets for elderly tenants and tenants with disabilities; exceptions; conditions; appeal procedures; definitions




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0215.doc - 512R - 201436-1409.01.  Pets for elderly tenants and tenants with disabilities; exceptions; conditions; appeal procedures; definitions

A.  Notwithstanding any other statute, a public agency which owns, operates, manages or contracts for rental housing accommodations shall not prohibit elderly tenants or tenants with disabilities from keeping pets in their dwelling units.

B.  This section does not prevent a public agency which owns, operates, manages or contracts for rental housing accommodations from requiring the removal of any pet which by its conduct or condition constitutes a threat or nuisance to other occupants of the housing project.  A person shall not keep a pet in violation of health statutes or under circumstances constituting cruelty to animals pursuant to section 13 2910.

C.  A public agency which owns, operates, manages or contracts for rental housing accommodations shall not impose any requirement which makes the keeping of a pet by an elderly tenant or tenant with a disability financially prohibitive and shall not in any case require a deposit of more than one month's rent for the keeping of a pet.  This section does not relieve an elderly tenant or tenant with a disability from any liability otherwise imposed by law for damages caused by the tenant's pet.

D.  A public agency which owns, operates, manages or contracts for rental housing accommodations is not liable for personal or property damage caused by a pet kept in the housing project by an elderly tenant or tenant with a disability unless it is proved that its agents or employees had prior actual knowledge of a dangerous propensity of the pet or a dangerous condition created by the pet and did not take timely and reasonable measures to mitigate or protect against the perceived threat.

E.  A public agency which owns, operates, manages or contracts for rental housing accommodations may adopt reasonable regulations relating to pets including number of pets and neutering when appropriate and may impose conditions for the tenancy of elderly tenants or tenants with disabilities with pets different from those applicable to such tenants without pets, if these conditions are reasonably related to the presence of the pets.

F.  An elderly tenant or tenant with a disability or an elderly applicant or applicant with a disability for tenancy may appeal from the adoption or application of any regulation or condition adopted pursuant to this section in accordance with grievance procedures of the particular housing authority which owns, operates, manages or contracts for the rental housing accommodations established to resolve tenant disputes.  A copy of the grievance procedures shall be provided to an elderly tenant or tenant with a disability or an elderly applicant or applicant with a disability for tenancy who keeps or wishes to keep a pet.

G.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Elderly" means a person who is at least sixty years of age or as otherwise defined by a specific program.

2.  "Person with a disability" means a person who has a physical impairment which substantially limits one or more of the person's major life activities or has a record of such an impairment or has been regarded as having such an impairment, as verified by a signed statement of a physician licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 13 or 17.

3.  "Pet" means a domesticated dog, cat, bird, fish, mouse, gerbil, hamster, turtle, guinea pig or chinchilla.

4.  "Tenant" means a person who rents or resides in a dwelling unit in rental housing accommodations owned, operated, managed or contracted for by a public agency. 0215.doc - 512R - 2014


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