Statewide Virtual Meeting Wed Sep 14: Emotional Support Animals (Streamlined Agenda Times)

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This presentation will review the legal framework for service animals and assistance animals. We will also cover emotional support animals, a type of assistance animal.

Service animals and assistance animals are needed by those of us living with certain disabilities. Legal protections in the U.S. and Massachusetts increase the availability of accessible housing. But some unscrupulous renters abuse the law. We as landlords see ordinary pets paraded through our rental application and right into our "no pets" apartment. What are landlords supposed to do? How can we protect our property against unreasonable damage? How can we safeguard a renter's rights when they say they legitimately need an animal? And what's the correct terminology to use?

This presentation will review U.S. law and regulation, state law and regulation, and how discrimination lawsuits begin. This presentation has been updated to reflect the latest HUD guidance.

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Emotional Support Animals
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Attorney Adam Sherwin of The Sherwin Law Firm

Part of this presentation will be given by attorney Adam Sherwin. Adam is an experienced real estate litigator with years of experience representing landlords, property owners, and other real estate professionals. He has extensive experience litigating real estate disputes before judges and juries and has obtained favorable decisions from the Massachusetts Appeals Court and District Court Appellate Division. He is also a long-time crash course instructor at the Cambridge headquarters and over zoom.

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Dana Fogg will moderate networking time.
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Networking time will be moderated by Dana Fogg. Dana started his rental business in 1994 with his first Multifamily in Watertown. Since then, Dana and his wife have purchased and sold rental properties around the Metro West area. They now have 9 Units in Watertown and Marlborough. Dana is the Vice President of the Metro West Property Owners Association.

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Wednesday, September 14th

Virtual Meeting Agenda (New Times!)

  • 5:00 pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
  • 5:40 pm Presentation
  • 6:40 pm Virtual meeting ends

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Topic: Emotional Support Animals Virtual Meeting September 14, 2022 Time: Sep 14, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 880 9089 8151 Passcode: Will be emailed and viewable online Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 646 931 3860 US +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 564 217 2000 US +1 669 444 9171 US +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 386 347 5053 US Meeting ID: 880 9089 8151 Passcode: Will be emailed and viewable online Find your local number:


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  • Public: $21
  • Members: $7

This event will not be recorded.

Slides and handouts if any will be uploaded to Emotional Support Animals.


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