This is one of the stories that’s hard to believe. Michel Golieb a licensed real estate broker at American Property Exchange emailed me this story that happened to him regarding one of his tenants:

I actually had a tenant with an emotional support skunk. I didn’t know that it existed until I sent one of my regular handyman over to make some repairs in the apartment. The repairman  opened that front door,, saw the skunk and very, very slowly closed the door and called me. I called the tenant and aske if she had seen a skunk in her apartment. She didn’t blink an eye, saying “Oh that’s my support animal. She’s just the sweetest thing. She’s had her gland removed so she can’t squirt, she’s also declawed. I was appalled so I called the Real Estate Board to see if I can legally remove the animal. They told me that’s allowed under the Fair Housing Act.

Conclusion: If you have pet that you’re not allowed to have just tell you’re landlord its a support animal and there’s not a dam thing the owner can do about it. So go out and buy a Boa-constrictor snake and call it your emotional support snake. How crazy is this law.


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John Ford
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Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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