If my daughter needs a pet for medical reasons, can her lanlord ask what meds you’re on and for how long?

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If my daughter needs a pet for medical reasons, can her lanlord ask what meds you’re on and for how long?

My daughter is chronically depressed. She is 30 years old and in her own apartment with 2 kids. She has been seeing a doctor for years and she takes medications. Her doctor told her she could benefit from a therapeutic companion like a dog. The doctor gave her a note to that effect. Her apartment manager told her if she got a note from the doctor she could have a small dog. When given the note the manager added to the requirements that she needs to know how long she’s been depressed, what meds she’s on and how long she’s been on them. I say she doesn’t have to reveal her medication history.

Asked on March 10, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

And I say that you are right.  You do not have to tell her. But here is my concern: she did not get the okay in writing.  However, I think that she may be able to get around that if the case law in your state supports the use of animals for treatment.  That is best known to a landlord tenant attorney or a tenant's rights group in your area.  Good luck.


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