Animals in Vacation Rentals

As much as we love furry friends, Florida Vacation Homes does not offer pet friendly rentals. Pets are not allowed without written consent. Florida Vacation Homes reserves the right to remove any animal for inappropriate behavior.

Florida Vacation Homes does not require a damage deposit for assistance animals. But if an animal causes damage to the property that is discovered during the departure inspection there may be charges.

There are two types of Assistance Animals as detailed below: Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.

Service Animal

Service Animals

Florida Vacation Homes welcome guests with disabilities and their service animals to enter any areas where members of the public can go – which include our vacation rentals. No documentation is required to make a reservation with a Service Animal. 

Service Animals, as defined by §413.08, Fla. Stat. (2022) & including animals in training, require a written request at the time of reservation.

Please note a person who knowingly and willfully misrepresents herself or himself as being qualified to use an emotional support or service animal commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in 775.082-083, Fla Stat. (2022).

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a service animal is a dog that has been “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.” 

Dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or mental disability. These animals are sometimes referred to as “seeing eye” dogs, helper animals, service animals, or support animals. Examples of tasks a service animal may perform include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks
  • Alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds
  • Providing non-violent protection or rescue work
  • Pulling a wheelchair
  • Assisting an individual during a seizure
  • Alerting individuals to the presence of allergens
  • Retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone
  • Providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities
  • Helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors

Emotional Support Animals

Emotional Support Animals require a written request at the time of reservation which includes official documentation of a diagnosed disability, unless readily apparent.

These are animals that are used as part of medical treatment and/or therapy to assist with an individual’s daily functional tasks but are not limited to a specific type of animal and are not required to be trained to assist an individual in a particular task. These animals are sometimes referred to as comfort animals or therapy animals.