Ownership of an assistance animal—even if registered or certified as such—does not automatically qualify an individual as “disabled” under fair housing law.
Fair housing law also prohibits the housing provider from Virginia's Fair Housing Law applies to rental transactions (trying to rent an apartment or house), to sales transactions (trying to purchase a home), to financing transactions (trying to obtain a mortgage), to insurance transactions (trying to obtain homeowners or rental insurance), and to advertising transactions (how individuals, companies and newspapers advertise about rental vacancies or homes for sale).
Virginia's Fair Housing Law makes it illegal to discriminate in residential housing on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status and disability.
Historically, most housing complaints have been based on race.
Complaints based on disability, however, continue to increase and may eventually displace race as the most frequent topic of housing discrimination complaints.
In some circumstances landlords should allow more than two people per bedroom, while in other circumstances a bedroom and the total living space would not accommodate two people in every bedroom.
Housing providers should also not dictate in which bedrooms younger children of different sexes sleep, as this is a parental matter.