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In order to protect tenants from landlords attempting retaliatory eviction, there are certain protections offered.  Any tenant that openly has a pet for a period of three months, any lease provision barring pets is waived.  The landlord has a period of three months from the animal entering the home to begin an action or proceedings to prohibit such an animal.  This protection is not offered if the animal does damage to the premise, creates a nuisance, or interferes with the safety, health, or welfare of the tenants of the premise or adjacent premise.  This protection is not offered to the tenants of New York City Housing Authority.