Yes, you should contact the SF rent control board for assistance. You clearly had permission from the prior landlord and the new owner cannot revoke that permission based upon the facts you have stated.
Since you have received a 3-day notice, however, you should also immediately consult local landlord/tenant counsel. I recommend you use the “Find a Lawyer” function here on Avvo to locate qualified, local counsel. Good luck.
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Contact the rent board ASAP due to the 3 day notice. Without reading all of the lease language, it is difficult to say. However, the facts in your favor are: 1. That the prior owner gave you permission and that you relied on that fact; 2. the new owner had actual knowledge of the dog due to your honest answer to the questionnaire and did nothing for 17 months. By not taking action until now, her silence was taken by you as assent which you have relied upon for 17 months. Some individuals who live in apartments are able to obtain a "prescription" from their doctor for a dog. The health benefits of a dog are well documented (reduced blood pressure, anxiety, depression, increased immune system function - among many others). As a result, if your dog provides you any of these benefits, you can get a "prescription" or letter from a doctor which you bring to animal control to get a special certificate. Once you have that, your landlord cannot bar your dog from the apartment because it would be an A.D.A. violation. Psychiatrists and many family physicians write these prescriptions.
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