WXYZ Detroit (Channel 7) recently interviewed Kevin Hirzel regarding the increase in requests for emotional support pets and how Senate Bill 663 would help to curb requests for fake emotional support pets. The interview discusses how requests for emotional support animals can be made under the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act, as emotional support animalsRead more
Category Archives: Emotional Support Animals
On November 28, 2017, Senator Peter MacGregor introduced Senate Bill 663, which would criminalize a fake request for an emotional support pet or service animal. Requests for emotional support pets and service animals continue to increase under the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, MCL 37.1101 et seq. While a legitimate request forRead more
Pet restrictions are a perennial topic of interest in Michigan and consistently one of the most discussed, debated and reviewed provisions in the condominium bylaws. For example, some condominium bylaws prohibit “dangerous animals” from being brought to the condominium or kept on the condominium premises. A sample provision may look like this: No dangerous animal shall be brought to orRead more
When drafting or amending condominium bylaws, the Restrictions section—typically Article VI of the Condominium Bylaws—often garners the most feedback, review or modification. One of the key provisions within the Restrictions section addresses pet restrictions including: the registration of pets with the association, not allowing pets loose on the condominium premises, co-owners must clean the dog’s feces so as not toRead more
(The image on this post was linked from http://www.pawsitivityservicedogs.com) On October 20, 2015, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Senate Bills 298 and 299 and House Bills 4521 and 4527, which became effective January 18, 2016. The Bills updated rules on the use of service animals in places of public accommodation, as well as, the identification and licensing of service animalsRead more
Emotional Support / Companion Animals – Are People Claiming Disabilities to Get around Pet Restrictions?
In the past 5 years, community living associations, such as condominiums, co-operatives and homeowner associations, are increasingly being inundated with requests for accommodations for emotional support and companion animals. Many board members and co-owners feel that their neighbors are claiming a disability simply to get around pet restrictions in their communities. Unlike service animals, which are regulated under the AmericansRead more