Service animals and housing
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.
This is a great article addressing Emotional Support Animals and the law.
St. Croix resident since 2000
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
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.