Last year condo association sent me letter stating that I must appear before a Grievance committee since I was in violation as a renter for having a "pet". I had already provided all documentation (Both a certificate and ID for Service Dog registry) verifying my dog is a Service Dog. Sadly for a highly paid management service, the condo manager was not aware of the law. So I went to Grievance committe with an attorney who explained the dog is not a pet but a "working dog" that I need to survive in the event of an episode or attack.
Today they sent me letter with long list of very detailed questions about my health & service provided by dog, etc. I have no incident with my dog. She is very well behaved and trained. Am I obligated to answer all these questions? I feel like I'm in court.I don't have to prove anything when I travel with my dog or go inside restaurant or grocery store. Am I obligated to go through hoops here? They have only given me 14 days to respond and Ill be traveling and my last attorney is on vacation now. I've done my own research. According to my understanding of FL law, only my landlord (not condo association may ask for further proof). Outside of my landlord I may be asked, 1. what is my disability, 2. and what service does dog provide. Am I understanding ths correctly? Would it be better if I replied or had attorney reply for me?
Yes - have your attorney reply. Ask for another response date since you will be out of town and your attorney unavailable on the date they suggested.
If we do not have a signed fee agreement I am not your attorney and this is not legal advice.
This is discriminatory conduct under the Fair Housing Act and the Florida Fair Housing Act. They are not allowed to do this and they must honor your request for a service dog as a reasonable accommodation for your disability. You should advise them your attorney is unavailable to address their offensive letter, but will do so at his earliest convenience, and then contact the US Housing and Urban Development to file a complaint.
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