The following statutes comprise the state’s relevant assistance animal and guide dog laws.
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Under Tennessee’s Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, a new section was added to § 66-28-505 (tenant noncompliance) related to assistance animals:
(f) It is deemed to be material noncompliance by the tenant with the rental agreement, if the tenant pretends to have a disability-related need for an assistance animal in order to obtain an exception to a provision in a rental agreement that prohibits pets or establishes limits on the types of pets that tenants may possess on residential rental property. As used in this subsection (f), “assistance animal” means 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 (1) or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.
T. C. A. § 66-28-505