Does anyone have an in depth knowledge of the laws around support animals in the UK?
I have googled as much as I can of course, but the problem is that service animals are extremely new over here and as such the law regarding them is one big huge grey area :/
Imo I have experienced discrimination here when trying to find a house to rent every time I move.
I have two dogs and one is registered with my doctor as 'a necessity to my mental health'. He comes everywhere with me, is allowed to attend university with me and most store staff usually leave us be with just a confused/judgmental glance. However we have been thrown out of food establishments multiple times (despite my dog wearing his vest/badge and being extremely well behaved).
When I lived in the states I had no problems finding pet friendly accommodation but since moving to the UK I have had a terrible time with letting agents and landlords not allowing my dog(s). I explain in depth every time I speak to an agent that my dog is medically necessary and must live with me on the consultation of a doctor. I say the title 'service/support animal' and they completely turn off and say "no pets".
I totally understand landlords have a right to say whether or not to allow pets but is there any legislation in the UK for support animals?? I have called the local council, the citizens advice bureau and my doctor and none seem to offer any real suggestions as to how I can move and keep my dogs. I'm also going to get my second dog assessed but I know it will make no difference. Plenty of agents have said they wouldn't even allow a guide dog (which is a well established recognised service animal in the UK)
Surely that must be discrimination???