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How do I write a letter requesting a reasonable accommodation for a service animal?

This is a basic template that someone might use as a guidance for writing to his or her landlord requesting an exception to "no pets" rules, or pet restriction rules, to accommodate a service animal. Please feel free to use and change this sample to suit your own needs.

August 1, 2008

Adelaide Bonfamille, Building Manager
231 Main Street
Dallas, TX 03909

Dear Mrs. Bonfamille:

I am a tenant at 231 Main Street in unit #363. I have a disability and a service animal as defined Under the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. 3601, et seq.). Scooby, my service dog, is trained to open doors and retrieve items I cannot retrieve for myself.

The Fair Housing Amendments Act requires that landlords modify "no pets" policies or policies restricting types of pets to permit trained service animals to reside with their disabled handlers. I am therefore requesting that you modify those rules to permit me to have my trained service dog reside with me.

I have attached verification from my doctor that I am disabled and use a service animal.

Please send your reply in writing about this request for accommodation within ten business days or by August 11. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to receiving your reply.

Sincerely,
Norville Rogers

Sample doctor's letter to accompany request for accommodation