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plindholdt
(@plindholdt)
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Moving to St. Croix this spring. I have a small mixed breed dog that is an ESA. Are the housing laws the same for service animals in the VI as onthe mainland ? Seeing posts for homes but no animals allowed.

Thanks
Pam

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Posted : February 16, 2018 11:44 pm
Gumbo
(@Gumbo)
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Yes they are the same. However I would strongly suggest that you ask the landlord and if they say no don't push it.

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Posted : February 17, 2018 9:45 pm
SkysTheLimit
(@SkysTheLimit)
Noble Member

This is a great article addressing Emotional Support Animals and the law.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/20/pets-allowed

Alan
St. Croix resident since 2000

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Posted : February 18, 2018 12:35 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
Noble Member

That was a great read and very informative.

I think the Emotional Support Animal thing has gone way out of control.

But, now that I know the law, I won't be fooled.

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Posted : February 19, 2018 3:18 pm
Gator's Mom
(@Gator's_Mom)
Prominent Member

FHA for people with support animals

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) does apply to almost all housing types including those for sale or rent. This includes apartments, condominiums, and single family homes. There are some major exceptions, such as buildings with four or fewer units where the landlord lives in one of the units. The law also excludes private owners of single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker (who do not own more than three single family home) and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

The FHA would cover homes in a planned community with a "no pets" restriction, owned or rented condominiums with a "no pets" covenant, and apartments with a "no pets" clause in the lease. As long as those housing units do not fall within listed exceptions, landlords or housing associations must comply with the FHA.

For more on what the FHAct covers, go to http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/FHLaws/yourrights

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Posted : February 19, 2018 4:15 pm
Gumbo
(@Gumbo)
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That was a great read and very informative.

I think the Emotional Support Animal thing has gone way out of control.

But, now that I know the law, I won't be fooled.

I think it seeing eye dogs are a needed and a good thing. But were this thing has gone is nothing short of ridiculous. I am glad that there are some property owners exempt from it.

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Posted : February 19, 2018 11:00 pm
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