The terms “emotional support animal” and “service animal” are much more familiar in the United States than they are in the UK; in the former, the federal Fair Housing Act recognises an emotional support animal as a “reasonable accommodation” for someone with a disability. An emotional support animal, or assistance animal – is not always a trained animal, but a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability simply by being there. The only requirement is that the animal is manageable in public and doesn't create a nuisance in or around the domestic environment. So, what are your rights as a landlord in relation to refusing various types of helper dogs? Can a landlord refuse a service dog or emotional support dog?