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A Service Animal Is Not A Pet

by Erna Sigurdsson, Realtor

When renting a home, the American Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to the rental property as if it were a business.

Keep in mind that a Service Animal is not a pet, it is an animal that works to assist the person with tasks and activities or provides emotional support. It may not be obvious why the animal is needed, service animals perform many functions.

A Service Animal does not have to undergo a certification or training to become a service animal, as long as the animal provides a benefit to the person with a disability it becomes a service animal.

When renting a property, there can be no pet fee or pet deposit collected for the service animal, also it is prohibited to charge extra for the the animal (such as a higher rent). In properties that do not allow pets, exception has to be made for a service animal, because a Service Animal is not a pet.

If the property has a weight limit for animals, that has to be waived for a Service Animal, for example, if it is only ok for small or medium size animals to live there, you have to make exceptions for the large animal that is a Service Animal.

The American Disability Act supercedes any State, County or City ordinances. Also, a local business policies on "No Pets" does not apply to Service Animals because it is not a pet.

In certain cases monkeys, cats, birds and even miniature horses may qualify as service animals.

Further Information:

ADA's Web-site: Commonly Asked Questions about Service Animals In Places of Business

Fair Housing Rights Center of Southern Pennsylvania: Service Animals

This blog is not intended to give legal advice and if you feel that you have a situation that requires legal advice, please seek the assistance of a qualified lawyer.

Contact Erna and Petur Sigurdsson, Realtors at The Viking Team, Realty at 321-263-5096 for help buying or selling a home in Longwood, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Seminole and Orange County and the surrounding areas of Central Florida. To Search For Homes For Sale in Central Florida Click Here. 

Fun Real Estate Trivia

by Erna Sigurdsson, Realtor

Today we will test your Real estate knowledge. No, you don't have to have a real estate license for these questions. This is popular culture trivia. Let's see how much you know. (Answers are at the bottom)

1. Who is the world's largest landowner?

2. What is the name of Elvis Presley's home?

3. Which famous skilled mason laid the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in 1793?

4. During what great land boom (1919) did investors pay up to $25,000 for lots that had not yet been dredged out of the ocean?

5. What famous person said this? "Real estate is the best investment in the world because it is the only thing they are not making anymore!"

6. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy said, "There is no place like home!" Where was her home? 

7. What town did The Flinstones call home?

8. What Real estate board game became the best-selling game in America just one year after it was created?

9. What time of year is considered the busiest for homebuyers and sellers?

10. What area was designed to look like 1940s southeastern town with traditional architecture?



1. The U.S. Government with over 700 million acres! 2. Graceland. 3. George Washington, the first President of the United States 4. The Florida Land Boom. Carl Fisher founded Miami that year and brought hundreds of investors to the state. 5. Will Rogers, who began his career as a rope-throwing cowboy and later became a famous stage and film star. 6. Kansas. 7. Bedrock. 8. Monopoly, created by Charles B. Darrow in 1934. His intention was to cheer himself up while unemployed during the Great Depression. Monopoly is now the most popular board game in the world and has sold over 200 million copies. 9. Spring, Real estate is a year-round business, but spring is still considered the best time of year to showcase a home. 10. Disney's "Celebration" in Orlando, FL. When finished Celebration will have 8,000 residences and many commercial tourist attractions.

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