Thought some folks might find this interesting... although many may already know it : ) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Subject: Question & answer about motel and service dogs A friend of mine who does training at Hilton Hotels tells me that it is illegal to charge extra for a service dog staying in a hotel? I have been charged extra for my dog as we travel at motels by about 15 dollars a room for the dog. There is no problem with getting her in the room - but my friend said that they can only charge if the dog does something in the room then that is fine. Their policy for pets staying in the room is $15 a night extra. This was new to me and I told her I could not recall reading anything about this under title II. Could you clarify this for me? Thanks ..... Answer: Hotels are covered by title III, not title II. (Places of public accommodation - title III vs. programs and services of state or local governments (title II). The issue you raise concerns an unlawful surcharge. See http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm , question 7: 7. Q: Can I charge a maintenance or cleaning fee for customers who bring service animals into my business? A: No. Neither a deposit nor a surcharge may be imposed on an individual with a disability as a condition to allowing a service animal to accompany the individual with a disability, even if deposits are routinely required for pets. However, a public accommodation may charge its customers with disabilities if a service animal causes damage so long as it is the regular practice of the entity to charge non-disabled customers for the same types of damages. For example, a hotel can charge a guest with a disability for the cost of repairing or cleaning furniture damaged by a service animal if it is the hotel's policy to charge when non-disabled guests cause such damage. Marc Dubin, Esq. Director of Advocacy Center for Independent Living of South Florida www.ADAadvocacyBlog.org mdubin@xxxxxxxxx 305-896-3000 mobile fax: 877-731-3030 www.cavnet.org EIN: 52-2117529 Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.