Dad's Service Animal (by RockyMtnLL [CO]) Jul 10, 2018 11:10 AM|
Dad's Service Animal (by cjo'h [CT]) Jul 10, 2018 11:27 AM
Dad's Service Animal (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jul 10, 2018 12:05 PM
Dad's Service Animal (by Barb [MO]) Jul 10, 2018 12:14 PM
Dad's Service Animal (by RockyMtnLL [CO]) Jul 10, 2018 1:21 PM
Dad's Service Animal (by Gail K [GA]) Jul 10, 2018 3:49 PM
Dad's Service Animal (by Robert J [CA]) Jul 10, 2018 5:57 PM
Dad's Service Animal (by RockyMtnLL [CO]) Jul 10, 2018 9:06 PM
Dad's Service Animal (by RockyMtnLL [CO]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 11:10 AM
Hi all. I know about not charging fees for service animals, but I've got a tenant who got his dog registered as a service animal to help his father. His father later passed away and he still has the dog. Am I wrong to charge a non-refundable fee for this dog? --69.130.xxx.xxx
Dad's Service Animal (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 11:27 AM
Rocky Mountain High, If the father has died,apparently having a dog didn't prolong his life,how is the dog,is it causing any trouble or damage,probably not,most dogs don't,its usually the owners you have to watch out for.We had three Samoyed's at the same time,They did own and had the run of the house,they had us well trained,If the dog is good,see if you can get a few quid a month as pet rent,otherwise I wouldn't push it.....charlie......................... --174.199.x.xxx
Dad's Service Animal (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 12:05 PM
OH the emotional part of service animals! GREAT question!
Did the Dad and dog live in your rental before Dad passed? That would be no animals fees while Dad lived there.
Are we talking about the dog having MOVED IN with your res AFTER Dad passed? Then the dog is not performing a task as a service animal, is a family pet, and I'd be charging.
I'd tread gently with a guy who's Dad recently passed but it's now a pet.
If the dog is highly trained like a seeing eye dog perhaps it needs to go to a person in need??
Dad's Service Animal (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 12:14 PM
I see "Got his dog registered as a service animal" and my first thought is "There is no such thing". There are Scammer Sites online who will claim to register your dog as a service dog. They have no standing under the law.
A service dog is one that is trained to perform tasks to allow a person with a disability to lead a full life. The dog helps to mitigate the disability. The dog must be task trained to be a service dog, for a person with a disability.
So, I'm very sorry the tenant's father died. That is very sad. It is difficult to lose a parent.
The dog is no longer performing any service to a person with a disability. Therefore, the dog is a pet. --131.151.xx.xx
Dad's Service Animal (by RockyMtnLL [CO]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 1:21 PM
This tenant is a brand new tenant. He got this dog 7 years ago and had it trained to help his father, who had dementia. His dad died a couple of years ago. So, no, it is not serving him - yet. I allowed the pet - and the tenant paid the non-refundable pet fee without argumenet, but when he pulled out the service animal card, it caused me to wonder whether I could charge the fee or not. I understand service animals helping their OWNERS, but having a son keep the service animal later was a new one on me. --69.130.xxx.xxx
Dad's Service Animal (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 3:49 PM
In cases like this, the dog was trained to service one person who has now passed away. He is no longer a "service animal" since there is no specific service he is providing to anyone at the moment.
He is a pet and thus the pet fee is perfectly reasonable and legal.
Dad's Service Animal (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 5:57 PM
My tenant took in his sister and her dog when she broke up with her boyfriend. Then the sister moved away and left the dog. My tenant claims its now an emotional support animal. The dog is a scratch'er. He stand on his hind legs and paws and everything. The doors, walls and flooring is servery damaged. I got permission to film a video.
I showed the video to an attorney of mine who asked how much is it going to cost to replace the flooring, repair the walls, door and then paint. I estimated, $5,000. (Laminate flooring $1,800. Patch and texture the walls, $1,000. Paint the unit, $1,200. Kitchen and bathroom vinyl, $700.
So my attorney suggested I ask for the depreciated replacement cost of $4,000 and return $1,000 a year as time goes on. My tenant refused and took no responsibility for his sisters dog. So now that I have a letter from my tenant that it's his sister's dog and not his emotional support animal, I can demand payment or have just cause to sue after my tenant moves.. --47.156.xx.xx
Dad's Service Animal (by RockyMtnLL [CO]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 9:06 PM
To Robert J - Ouch! While I appreciate the ability to "demand payment or have just cause to sue," I just finished a case where the tenant ended up costing me $5,600 - the judge awarded me $4,600 (writing off certain portions of legal fees for unknown reasons), but the likelihood that I will EVER see ANY of that $$ is slim to none. Winning lawsuits, in my opinion, is over-rated. 'Tis better to manage tighter and stop damage before it accrues, if possible. --69.130.xxx.xxx