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18:00 PM, 29th January 2020
About 6 months ago

Assistance dog increase?

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 21/01/2020 - 19:58
One point. In the UK the term “Service Dog” applies only to dogs working with the Armed Services, the Police, the Border Agency (essentially all officially working for Her Majesties Government) and Search and Rescue Agencies.
”Assistance Dogs” are defined under The Equality Act Part 12, Chapter 1, item 173 (1)
(a) a dog which has been trained to guide a blind person;
(b) a dog which has been trained to assist a deaf person;
(c) a dog which has been trained by a prescribed charity to assist a disabled person who has a disability that consists of epilepsy or otherwise affects the person’s mobility, manual dexterity, physical co-ordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects;
(d) a dog of a prescribed category which has been trained to assist a disabled person who has a disability (other than one falling within paragraph (c)) of a prescribed kind.

The term ‘prescribed’ refers to a list issued by the U.K.Government,
Therefore in answer to your question a “genuine” Assistance Dog cannot be refused without breaking the Equality Act which is Law.
All Assistance Dogs from the prescribed charities carry proof they are trained by and monitored by them.
Other organisations may be in the process of becoming Affiliated to Assistance Dogs U.K. (ADUK) and should have a letter from their organisation to say the Dog is part of their training scheme, therefore you can check with these organisations and also search elsewhere, for further information about said organisations.

Dogs provided by genuine charities to do the a Work of Assistance Dogs will have such a letter and the recipient of these dogs will have only had to pay a “Registration/Adoption” fee.

A few years ago a rouge organisation was uncovered that provided “Service Dogs” in the U.K. for tens of thousands of pounds and it was discovered these dogs had little or no training at all. They were closed down
This is why the Government has the list of “prescribed” organisations/charities and everyone is extremely wary of Dogs referred to as “Service Dogs” as applied in the USA to dogs assisting disabled people.
There is ongoing work by a Government Cross Party Group that includes ADUK and other parties, that constantly reviews the situation around Assistance Dogs and General Dog Laws and Dangerous Dogs Laws
If someone presents with “A Service Dog” they are either visiting or come to work in the U.K. with a genuine “Assistance Dog”
You should be asking questions and looking for supporting evidence.
However if someone genuinely presents with a “Service Dog” from the USA they will be somewhat taken aback by being asked questions about the dog and their disability as it is illegal under the “Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA) to ask such questions. Your tact and diplomacy will be needed.
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20:59 PM, 21st January 2020
About 7 months ago

Assistance dog increase?

For your information there is an “umbrella” organisation that oversees Assistance Dogs in the UK.
ADUK is itself overseen by The Assistance Dog International (ADI) organisation.
Although I am neither landlord nor lawyer it may be worth pointing out that although the Equality Act as such seems to say that anyone with a disability can say their dog can be an Assistance Dog, in fact this is not quite true.
Under Part 12, chapter 1, item 173, d, (utilised as the reason for saying “any dog”, the key lies in the words “of a prescribed category”.
The Government has in fact listed Assistance Dogs U.K. umbrella charities as those of a “prescribed charity”
Dogs trained by ADUK, along with ADI and it’s European subsidiary ADeu mean the dogs have had to reach a required standard of behaviour and hygiene. They are also taught to “poop” and “wee” in appropriate places on command.
Therefore the property you rent should have an enclosed area/garden with exclusive access in which the Assistance Dog can do its “business” in a specific area of that enclosed garden.
The added benefit to landlords is that before a Recognised Assistance Dog Charity will allow an Assistance Dog to be placed they will assess the property to determine if it meets this exclusive sole access garden/space.
If your property does not have this the it MAY be deemed inappropriate for the placement of an Assistance Dog by the Charity supplying the dog.
The added bonus of Recognised(Prescribed) Charity Assistance Dogs is that the health of the Dog is regularly checked and it’s ability to continue doing the “job” as is the “Recipient” of the Assistance Dog assessed to safely handle and maintain the dog.
Therefore in summary, a dog provided by a ADUK, ADeu or IAD is more likely to be well trained and less likely to be a problem to the landlord and adjoining tenants.
You can also be certain welfare of these dogs is monitored.
Given the choice as a landlord you could state a preference towards ADUK, ADeu, IAD trained dogs because you can be sure that the dogs welfare will be catered for and you have the option to expect any problems that may occur will be addressed by additional training where necessary by the Recognised (Prescribed) Charity.

NB please note there are and will be charities that form to provide Assistance Dogs that are not yet ADUK, ADeu, IAD, members but will be working towards becoming members, like for example, Canine Generated Independence.... Read More