WAC 162-38-100     Persons with dog guides or service animals.

     (1) Are protected. RCW 49.60.222 protects persons with disabilities from discrimination because of their use of a trained dog guide or service animal the same as it protects them from discrimination directly because of disability.

     (2) General rule. The same rules that apply to the treatment of persons because of disability under RCW 49.60.222 and this chapter apply to the treatment of persons with disabilities because they use a trained dog guide or service animal.

     (3) Landlord's duty. It is an unfair practice for a landlord to refuse to rent to a person with a disability because the person uses a trained dog guide or service animal. A landlord's no-pet policy cannot be applied to the dog guide or service animal of a person with a disability.

     (4) Cleaning or damage deposits not unfair. It is not an unfair practice for a landlord to enforce on a tenant with a disability its standard cleaning or damage deposit for dogs or other animals. It is not an unfair practice for a landlord who otherwise doesn't allow dogs or other animals in the rented property to require a reasonable cleaning or damage deposit for the dog or other animal when renting to a person with a disability using a trained dog guide or service animal.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.60.120(3), 1997 c 271. 98-08-035, 162-38-100, filed 3/23/98, effective 4/23/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.60.120(3). 82-19-086 (Order 41), 162-38-100, filed 9/22/82.]