Applicant didn’t mention dog was ESA until after pet fee was brought up

Hey everyone,

I apologize if this is not the correct place to post this but I’m sort of in a conundrum.

I rent a nice house with a few guys. A few of the guys are leaving and we’re currently screening applicants to replace them. We found a person that seemed like they’d be a good fit and we decided to pass his info along to the landlord to start working on the next steps. This applicant told us that he has a small well behaved dog, something we’re all okay with. We know the landlord is okay with animals but told the applicant we’d get more info. The landlord reviewed the applicant’s info and let us know that he typically charges a pretty reasonable pet fee for dogs that includes some basic liability as well as the added costs from the landscaping company for pet waste.

I went back to the applicant with the pet fee info, and he then revealed that this dog is a registered emotional support animal. To my understanding, and please let me know if this isn’t the case, my landlord can not legally charge this person a pet fee nor can he deny his application based on him having the pet/not wanting to pay the fee.

I emailed my landlord explaining the situation and if he had any guidance here and he hasn’t responded yet, which makes me sort of nervous. I feel that I’ve inadvertently backed him into a corner with this applicant.

I respect this applicant’s right to an emotional support animal, but I also respect my landlord’s right to charge a pet fee, especially considering the bulk of the fee goes to covering the landscaping fee. I also think he should’ve disclosed that the dog is a support animal much earlier.

The applicant hasn’t gotten argumentative or anything and mentioned he’s willing to pay a larger security deposit and/or work with the landlord, but he also hasn’t said he would pay the pet fee. Honestly the pet fee is so nominal and the rent is so cheap for the quality of the space, I wish he’d just pay the damn fee but I’m honestly out of my element here and am not sure what to do. I’m sort of finding these applicants and screening them to the best of my ability on my own.

My landlord is a cool dude that has been good to us and I’m just worried that I’ve messed shit up now.

Any advice/wisdom?

Thanks

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Hey everyone, I apologize if this is not the correct place to post this but I’m sort of in a conundrum. I rent a nice house with a few guys. A few of the guys are leaving and we’re currently screening applicants to replace them. We found a person that seemed like they’d be a good fit and we decided to pass his info along to the landlord to start working on the next steps. This applicant told us that he has a small well behaved dog, something we’re all okay with. We know the landlord is okay with animals but told the applicant we’d get more info. The landlord reviewed the applicant’s info and let us know that he typically charges a pretty reasonable pet fee for dogs that includes some basic liability as well as the added costs from the landscaping company for pet waste. I went back to the applicant with the pet fee info, and he then revealed that this dog is a registered emotional support animal. To my understanding, and please let me know if this isn’t the case, my landlord can not legally charge this person a pet fee nor can he deny his application based on him having the pet/not wanting to pay the fee. I emailed my landlord explaining the situation and if he had any guidance here and he hasn’t responded yet, which makes me sort of nervous. I feel that I’ve inadvertently backed him into a corner with this applicant. I respect this applicant’s right to an emotional support animal, but I also respect my landlord’s right to charge a pet fee, especially considering the bulk of the fee goes to covering the landscaping fee. I also think he should’ve disclosed that the dog is a support animal much earlier. The applicant hasn’t gotten argumentative or anything and mentioned he’s willing to pay a larger security deposit and/or work with the landlord, but he also hasn’t said he would pay the pet fee. Honestly the pet fee is so nominal and the rent is so cheap for the quality of the space, I wish he’d just pay the damn fee but I’m honestly out of my element here and am not sure what to do. I’m sort of finding these applicants and screening them to the best of my ability on my own. My landlord is a cool dude that has been good to us and I’m just worried that I’ve messed shit up now. Any advice/wisdom? Thanks submitted by /u/TheLilyHammer [link] [comments]

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