Clearwater, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: Is a landlord allowed to tell someone with a non aggressive esa dog to get pet insurance to obtain tenancy?

I was trying to move into a friends trailer and rent a room from him. He asked the property manager for a background check as he was pointing to me for whom. I had just walked up with my esa dog. The manager pointed to my ESA stating "I told you no dogs" ,"no dogs no dogs no dogs". He then stated I would have to have it a "service animal" (he also stated that I could not make my own service dog), have the paper that I do have, and also have pet insurance. He didnt state what kind of pet insurance just stated pet insurance. To my understanding no matter what I am reliable for anything about my esa dog. That does include dog bites, correct? Cause even with the insurance I got I'm not covered under the insurance, neither is the others in the house, and neither is any dog if she should become aggressive. See that's my thing. She not an aggressive dog at all. She is very protective/defensive of me versus any other property or anything. She does not like any type of violence. Ect............

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If the landlord doesn't want to rent to you, he doesn't have to.

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