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I live in washington state and have a medical note for my dogs can my landlord make me pay a pet deposit up front

Issaquah, WA |

I have a medical note that my dogs help with my anxiouty and depression.

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You might want to go look at they have a lot of information regarding service animals and what protections you have. That said, Fair Housing is protected on both the State and Federal levels. The Washington State Human Rights Commission will accept complaints for review of Fair Housing issues. You can find them through the State's website at

Whether you need to pay a pet deposit for your dogs turns on whether your dogs are service animals. Please review these webpages for some thoughts on that issue. WA does not protect companion animals as service animals are protected. Hope this helps.

Elizabeth Powell

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I agree with my colleague. If your dogs are actual service dogs, then your landlord usually cannot charge you additional "pet rent" or deposit. You should also contact your city's department of human services for further assistance:

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