“Aggressive” Breed Bans & Breed Specific Legislation: What Apartment Managers Need To Know

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  • 90 minutes

Make Informed Decisions about Breed Bans..

Some state and local jurisdictions, insurance companies, and apartment complexes have banned certain dog breeds as “aggressive.”

What should you do as a landlord or apartment manager if your jurisdiction or insurance company has such a Breed-specific legislation (BSL) and you have in-place residents with a named breed, or receive reasonable accommodation requests for disability-related animals on the banned list? Is BSL a tactic you have been (or have considered) employing on your property? More importantly, are BSLs effective at reducing bites and incidents of attack? Will such policies likely to increase or decrease the risk of general liability and fair housing claims stemming from dog attacks on the property and/or proposed disability discrimination?

Join this session by expert speaker Jo Becker, where she will cover all aspects of the range of breed bans one might encounter, answers to these questions as well as tips and body language techniques to avoid confrontations with them.

Session Highlights:

  • The range of breed bans an apartment manager might encounter and their role, responsibility, and options in each

  • Discussion on effectiveness of breed bans and the official position of organizations ranging from animal rights groups to the American Bar Association

  • Tips on reading dogs including warning and welcoming signs

  • Tips for avoiding confrontation and attack with an unfamiliar or unfriendly dog on your property

  • BONUS : some basic “critter communication principles" and body language techniques designed to help you maintain safety

Why You Should Attend:

Bone up on Breed specific Bans and “Aggressive Breeds” in this informative session in order to make informed decisions and property policies while being mindful of personal safety, general liability, and fair housing liability.

You will be able to…

  • Know how to respond to breed bans imposed by your jurisdiction and / or insurance company and what to do if you receive a reasonable accommodation request for such an animal.

  • Make an informed decision about any property-specific breed bans taking safety, general liability, and fair housing liability into account.

  • Gain tips for maintaining personal safety including identifying some key warning cues and how to alter your own body language to avoid the likelihood of conflict or attack.

Who Should Attend:

  • Leasing managers

  • On-site managers

  • Portfolio managers

  • Compliance officers

  • Resident services coordinators (in affordable housing communities)

  • Maintenance and service technicians

  • Community concierges (in high-end housing communities)

  • Independent landlords or small operators

  • Homeowners association and community managers

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.
** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Jo Becker

Jo Becker

A Realtor®-turned-fair housing advocate, Jo Becker was a licensed housing provider for 8 years before working for a statewide fair housing nonprofit for 10 years. There she trained over 10,000 individuals to consistently rave reviews.

Jo’s focuses on training housing providers including property managers, maintenance and service technicians, and private landlords. She has also studied emergency preparedness and disaster response with a focus on animals since 2005. She often combines the two bringing urgent, timely information about animals-in-housing to the housing industry.

Today Jo’s career consists of an unexpected alchemy of public speaking and writing on topics that blend lifelong passions and multiple career experiences. Regardless of topic or audience, Jo’s aim is to inform, empower, and inspire with historical and relatable context, understandable concepts, and bottom line considerations.

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