Downtown Honolulu, Hawaii
50 S Beretania St Suite C209
Honolulu, HI 96813

Looking to Lease Your Condo? Get Up to Date on Emotional Support Animal Laws July 4, 2017

Downtown Honolulu, Honolulu
Looking to Lease Your Condo? Get Up to Date on Emotional Support Animal Laws, Honolulu, Hawaii

Deciding to lease your condo is a great way to earn extra income while you’re away. However, as a landlord, it’s important to stay up to date on tenant laws. The real estate professionals at Lani Properties Corp. in Honolulu, HI, recommend exploring the growing laws surrounding emotional support animals, which provide a valuable service to their owners and require special treatment.

Here are a couple of things you should know when you lease your condo:

What Landlords Should Know About Emotional Support Animals

lease-your-condo-lani-properties-corpEmotional support animals, not to be confused with service animals or therapy animals, are defined as increasing the quality of life of an owner with specific mental and physical disabilities. Federal statutes acknowledge learning disabilities, PTSD, mood disorders, and chronic anxiety as just a few of the conditions that qualify for a certified emotional support animal. While these pets provide a great benefit, they and their owners are under increasing fire from the rental housing community. Many landlords choose to deny pets or require a significant security deposit.

Policies to Be Aware Of

If you plan to lease your condo, it’s important to understand the laws surrounding emotional support animals in non­–pet-friendly facilities. Under the Fair Housing Amendments Act, it is illegal to turn a tenant away if they require an emotional support animal. So long as a prospective tenant has a letter from a physician or mental health professional stating the need for the animal, you’re obligated to allow them. While you cannot charge pet fees, you are entitled to charge for any damages the animal causes. If an incident occurs, speak with an attorney or realtor about your concerns.

Whether you want to lease your condo or are considering buying a home, Lani Properties Corp. is your go-to full-service real estate firm for reliable assistance and expertise. They’ve served residents of Oahu for the past 41 years and are up to date on all tenant laws and compliances to adhere to. Call (808) 521-0081 to speak with their friendly staff and visit their website to view their listings and learn more about their real estate services.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Lani Properties Corp CPM
Common Signs That Tenants Are Smoking Indoors, Honolulu, Hawaii
Smoking indoors is a fire hazard, but it also poses other long-term effects that can diminish the value of rental properties. Although most real estate leases forbid smoking inside more
Beautiful Home in Sea Country with Large Fenced Back Yard!, Honolulu, Hawaii
87-1648 Wehiwehi Street, Waianae, HI 96792 MAP 3 bd, 2.5 ba, 1,271 Sq. Ft. | Available 2/1/18 Rental Address:  Sea Country  87-1648 Wehiwehi Street  Waianae, more
What Sellers Should Expect During the Home Inspection, Honolulu, Hawaii
Before agreeing to purchase a home, most buyers and their lenders will require a professional inspection. Many sellers aren’t sure what role they play in this process, or more
Single Family House Available in Nuuanu, HI!, Honolulu, Hawaii
220 Namokueha Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 MAP 3 bed | 3 bath | 1,326 Sq. Ft. | Available Now -Single Family House  -3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, and 2 Covered Stalls& more
PET FRIENDLY home in Moanalua available now!, Honolulu, Hawaii
2222 Ala Mahamoe Street, Honolulu, HI 96819 MAP 3 bed | 2 bath | 1,208 Sq. Ft. | Available Now Lease Term: 1 Year Lease  Available Now!  - 3bedroom, more