Some disabled individuals benefit from having service animals, which can be a problem for those who live in buildings with no-pet policies. If you need a service animal, you may have a right to keep or get a pet, even if your New York landlord does not want animals in the building. There are laws in place to protect the interests of you and others with specific needs.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from showing discrimination against tenants with disabilities. This means that it is likely your landlord may have to make an exception for those who need service animals. It is beneficial to know your rights and how you can secure reasonable accommodations to get the help and support you need.