My guest suite has a posted "No Pets" policy. I have had two guests out of 24 bring their pets with them. One in the guise of an "Emotional Support Animal" and the other was shamefully impersonating a service dog.
I have NO problem allowing a LEGITIMATE service animal to stay in my suite, but I do have a problem with so-called "emotional support dogs" and fraudulent service dogs. This loophole is being exploited by guests forcing us to accept their pets in spite of our "No Pets" policy.
While I understand we can only ask if a trained SERVICE animal is for a disability and what is the animal trained to do, we cannot ask questions to differentiate a legitimate "ESD" from a pet. We should be able to ask for the prescription that was issued by a physician because that is the ONLY thing that differentiates a pet from an ESD.
I respectfully request the following from AirBNB:
1. Please change your policy with regards to Emotional Support Animals, and only permit legitimate Service Animals. Eliminate the requirement that hosts accept Emotional Support Animals, or allow us to charge a pet deposit for ESDs (NOT Service Dogs). 2. Please also add language that states if the service animal is determined to be an imposter, the host has the right to either, a) request the guest remove the animal from the premises, or b) charge a $100 Unauthorized Pet Fee.
The so-called "service animal" that recently stayed with me was a deaf and blind ancient mutt that my guest had just acquired from someone who went into assisted living. And they bought a cute counterfeit "service dog" vest off the internet. This "service dog" wandered wherever it wanted, off leash, and had to be chased down more than once. The dog clearly had zero training for any purpose and the guest was clearly exploiting the loophole.
The "Emotional Support Dog" was left behind in my suite while my guests went out sightseeing. The dog laid on all of my furniture, shedding everywhere. If the guests can leave the dog behind while they sightsee, they can leave the dog at home while on vacation.
As a host, I should have recourse against these people who exploit the loophole, and AirBNB should do something to close the loophole by not requiring hosts to accept an ESD since they are NOT protected under the ADA:
And this is from the ADA:
"If you're an individual with anemotionalor psychological disability-emotional support animalscan be an excellentcompanion. Whileemotional support animals are used as part of some medical treatment plans, they are not consideredservice animalsunder theAmericans with Disabilities Act(ADA).Nov 11, 2016"