Jason Neilson, who owns one of the 27 units in Creekside Condominiums, and his partner Kirsten Swick brought home a service dog on Dec. 14, 2016. Swick has depression and anxiety that are substantial impairments. In a letter required by the homeowner’s association board of managers, a licensed psychologist attested that Swick’s “psychiatric disability severely limits her ability to tolerate loneliness.” Creekside allowed one cat per unit as well as service animals, provided there was “reliable documentation of a disability and their disability related need for a service animal.” The Board rejected the request for the dog and fined Neilson and Swick $3,650 for having the animal. The Board was not satisfied with the documentation Neilson and Swick submitted. Neilson and Swick complied with the Board and did not allow the service animal at Creekside, the Board continued to levy fines against Neilson and Swick. After an attorney became involved, the Board acquiesce. Months later the Board emailed all homeowners with a $500 legal fee and blamed Neilson and Swick for the fee.

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