The following statutes comprise the state’s relevant assistance animal and guide dog laws.
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The state added a new law to the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Section § 113.2 covers assistance animals and use of them as reasonable accommodations. The law first defines “assistance animal” as an animal that works, provides assistance or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. It also states that a person with a disability may submit a request to a landlord for such accommodation and, if the disability or disability-related need for an assistance animal that is not readily apparent, the landlord may request reliable supporting documentation. Subsection C states that a “landlord shall not be liable for injuries by a person’s assistance animal permitted on the landlord’s property as a reasonable accommodation . . .” Finally, subsection D penalizes fraudulent requests:
D. If a person obtains a reasonable housing accommodation under this section by knowingly making a false claim of having a disability that requires the use of an assistance animal or by knowingly providing fraudulent supporting documentation in connection with such claim, the landlord may remedy the person’s noncompliance by the procedures authorized pursuant to the Oklahoma Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in Section 132 of Title 41 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Additionally, a prevailing landlord in an eviction action under this section may be awarded court costs and fees, plus damages not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) from the tenant.
41 Okl. St. Ann. § 113.2.