Federal Housing Act – Service Animals

Every state law is different. These pertain to California. START has compiled this for ease and reference. We strongly suggest that you check them out yourself based on where you live. Other states or national legal suggestions to follow in the future.


Fair Housing & Animals

The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) makes it illegal for landlords to refuse and make necessary and reasonable accommodations, or changes, to their rules and policies for people with disabilities.

Allowing a disabled tenant to live with their companion or service Animal is a common reasonable accommodation under the FHA. This includes waiving existing “no-pet” policy for tenants with mental or physical disabilities who require an animal for medical purposes.

It is illegal for your landlord to:

  • Deny you the right to live with your companion or service animal.
  • Charge you a pet deposit fee or other surcharge.
  • Not allow your companion animal or service animal to be with you in common areas.

Call the Housing Rights Center for free assistance at 1.800.477.5977

(Serving the communities of City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Ventura and Antelope Counties)

The Housing Rights Center is a non-profit organization established in 1968 to actively support and promote equal opportunity and freedom of residence to all persons without regard to their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status, disability, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, age, source of income, or other characteristics protected by law.