San Francisco, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: In California, do ADA regulations supersede California law regarding service animals?

ADA documentation states that landlords/staff may not require proof, nor documentation, nor ask any other question than "is this a service animal?" and "what does this animal do?". Any question beyond that is a violation passable of fines (ADA website). California law seems to allow for landlords/staff to ask for documentation. What prevents people from abusing this system? Would people not simply just say 'yes this is a support animal, it fetches medication' and not have to prove it ever in housing spaces where the lease forbids pets?

1 Lawyer Answer
William John Light
William John Light
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: California's laws allowing you to request a letter from a doctor applies mainly to emotional support animals, which are not covered by the ADA. Emotional support animals aren't trained to do anything. They just make the person feel better.

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