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April 6, 2011

Landlords Can’t Evict HIV-Positive Tenant, Support Dog

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) ordered landlords to pay $25,000 for trying to force HIV-positive tenant Richard M. Blake to get rid of his emotional support dog or move out of his Brighton apartment, The Boston Globe reports. Blake’s landlords gave him permission to get the dog, but two months later they added a no-pet policy in tenants’ leases. Blake’s doctor recommended a support dog to improve his mental and physical health and overall quality of life while living with HIV. Blake filed a complaint with the MCAD when his landlords wouldn’t accommodate his disability.

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Mario Duron, Los Angeles, 2011-04-08 12:08:25
Hey Everyone, i am a landlord and i wish i could fill my apartments and houses and townhouses with gay men. they are filled with straight people instead and that's okay, but as a poz dude, i kinda wish i wasnt the only one in LA burbs that was poz. as for the guy with the dog. the landlords were assholes. first of, the dog was there before the new rule. Prop Mgmt people don't care much about the tenants anyway. If anyone needs help ask me, i am the best prop manager there is. take care. later

James Stoddard, Tucson, 2011-04-08 03:57:51
Being on a fixed income living with HIV, my only companion is my dog who adds so much quality of life. I can't imagine being without my pet. Landlords can be so cruel.

juliamarie, new york new york, 2011-04-07 14:34:00
Having HIV is not a disability!. your just a individual with a virus...

Jerry, Sioux Falls, 2011-04-07 11:30:44
The problem here is that they initially allowed him to have his companion dog then retroactively tried to force a no pet policy 2 months after the fact according to the summary above. I'm not a lawyer, but I think the landlords would've known they were on thin ice in his case.

Rob M., , 2011-04-07 10:13:09
--- Jerry -- Reading the lease is irrelevant in this case because the landlord gave him permission to get the dog. The fact that they changed the rules about pets after the fact isn't the tenant's fault. He was justified in filing the lawsuit, and the landlord should have known what would happen, doing what they did.

Jerry, ST. Petersburg FL, 2011-04-07 08:39:50
He should have read the lease first but it is becoming a special friend having your dog as support throughout this disease. Shame on the Landlords even if it was in the lease not to have dogs.

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