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  1. First, you need to assess if these dogs are indeed assistance animals. If they are, they are not considered pets and are not subject to a pet deposit, pet fees, breed, and weight restrictions.
    Assistance animals can be either service animals or support animals.
    If you can observe that the renter has an obvious disability then there is no need to ask. However, for nonobvious disabilities, you can request documentation, which can be a “determination of disability from a federal, state, or local government agency. • Receipt of disability benefits or services (Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)), Medicare or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for a person under age 65, veterans’ disability benefits, services from a vocational rehabilitation agency, or disability benefits or services from another federal, state, or local agency. • Eligibility for housing assistance or a housing voucher received because of disability. • Information confirming disability from a health care professional – e.g., physician, optometrist, psychiatrist, psychologist, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse. ”
    Make sure you give a renter enough time to give you supporting documentation.
    Here is a link directly to HUD guidance on assistance animals.
    https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PA/documents/HUDAsstAnimalNC1-28-2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1U9KOYGp3eQlJSxdmEtss4yQn4RW7PkDPB19JY3vEw8JGNvOE7PpwZqw4

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