Marysville, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law for California

Q: Can my fiance and I be denied rental of a home because we did not disclose that we have an ESA?

We live in California and applied for a rental home in California. The application never asked if we have a service/emotional support animal. It only asked if we have any pets. We both answered no because our dog is an emotional support animal and have an ESA document from my fiancee's Medical Doctor.

Property management wrote us an email back indicating that we are denied because upon verification from my fiancee's current landlord, she stated that we have a pet. Apparently the company thought we were being dishonest with them. so they denied us.

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William John Light
William John Light
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You cannot be denied rental because of an ESA. However, you never informed the landlord that you had an ESA. As a result, the denial of rental is not because of an ESA.

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