[nagdu] Reasonable Accommodation?

Tamara Smith-Kinney tamara.8024 at comcast.net
Tue Sep 7 14:40:30 UTC 2010

Thanks.  I'm working on the letter and considering where I want to go from
there.  In Oregon, one must tread carefully because our landlord/tenant laws
are so weak in tenant protection -- either the second weakest or the weakest
of all the states.  Yay!  /smile/  So I want to start with the correct
framework and take the right steps.  I'll have to check on the local leash
laws about that.  Since we are in a manfactured home park, the rules of the
park apply...  I need to double check the exact wording there, too.  What a
PITA!  Still, I do have this crazy notion I should be able to walk around in
the backyard with the dogs without incurring more out of pocket medical
expense.  Sigh.

Tami Smith-Kinney

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My opinion from what I know, is that you are correct.  A letter outlining 
the issue and your request for accommodations should be sufficient.  The FHA

states that you must have fair enjoyment of your home, not equal access. 
That's why emotional support animals are allowed.  Anyhow, if it were me, 
I'd send the letter requiring signature confirmation so they can't pretend 
they didn't get it.  I'd also include something that until the backyard 
complies with the terms of your agreed upon contract you will need to 
exercise Mitsy in the front yard.   Perhaps that will inspire them to work 
harder at fulfilling their end of the bargain, if they are really that upset

at the idea of you using your front yard.

I'm not sure about the specific circumstances of your living arrangement or 
the local leash laws, but here you can have your dog off leash in your own 
yard fence or no fence.  that doesn't violate the leash laws.  It's only 
when the untrained beasts see me and my dog and take off running and leave 
their yard that it becomes a legal issue. *smile*

Best of luck,

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