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Pet Allergy Accommodation

I read that allergies and Asthma are both covered under ADA. I was wondering if I would be able to ask my apartment community to make some type of accommodation for my pet allergy. It's a brand new community, and pet friendly. I'll be moving in soon. They have a dog park and a dog pool. They also have an indoor amenity center that I would like to enjoy without having an allergy attack. Would I be able to ask them to restrict the amenity Center to humans only?

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  • Melissa G

    Hi Jayjustwantstobreathe19! Welcome to AAFA! 

    I would definitely contact the apartment community management and talk with them about your allergies and the accomodations that you need. 

  • Shea

    I would just not move into a pet-friendly apartment. Or definitely not commit to a lease until you find out if you will be able to enjoy the amenities because you might as well be at a place that you can enjoy the amenities and if they are advertising pet-friendly then they probably aren't goung to change for you whereas other places will say "no pets" and life will be smoother. People with pets will probably be a majority in your apartment too so everyone you meet is going to have dogs and stuff where if you move to no pets community you will meet more friends that you can visit and can visit you without bringing dander in. 

  • JayJustWantsToBreathe19
    Shea posted:

    I would just not move into a pet-friendly apartment. Or definitely not commit to a lease until you find out if you will be able to enjoy the amenities because you might as well be at a place that you can enjoy the amenities and if they are advertising pet-friendly then they probably aren't goung to change for you whereas other places will say "no pets" and life will be smoother. People with pets will probably be a majority in your apartment too so everyone you meet is going to have dogs and stuff where if you move to no pets community you will meet more friends that you can visit and can visit you without bringing dander in. 

    Thank you. I'm not exaggerating when I say every community in Jacksonville is pet friendly. We don't have two family homes and such leased by private owners.

  • Shea

    I get ya– I live in Florida and people are ctazy about their pets here but that place you described seems extra crazy on the dog amenities. I just google "no pets jacksonville" and there are some rentals but not sure on the community aspects…   

    I have severe dander allergies and it is a bigger struggle than many can even comprehend.

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, and welcome, Jay!

    Asthma is usually considered a disability covered under the ADA, but Shea and you have put your finger on an ongoing struggle for folks with dander allergies.

    Could you call the and ask more about what your options are?

    800 – 514 – 0301 (voice)800 – 514 – 0383 (TTY)

    And could you talk to your doctor to see what accommodations your doc would suggest?

    Pet dander is pretty sticky and long lasting, so it takes thorough cleaning and time for a facility to be free of pet dander. Could you check out  as well?

  • JayJustWantsToBreathe19
    Melissa G posted:

    @JayJustWantsToBreathe19, how are you doing? Is there anything else we can help you with?

    Hi! Thanks for all the wonderful answers and also for checking in on me. I actually read over the lease and discovered that pets are not allowed in the clubhouse, pool area, gym, etc., besides the dog park and pooch pool. Of course, emotional support and service animals are the exception – owners can take them anywhere on the grounds. I don't think a doctor's accommodation request would do much about that.

    I can't believe there is actually a pool for animals. These dogs only have to pay $25/month. Unbelievable.