No. Owners of emotional support animals do not have to pay pet deposits. ESA owners also do not have to pay any monthly pet fees.

Did you pay a pet deposit when you moved in but later qualified for an emotional support animal?

  • You may be entitled to a refund of the pet deposit. Landlords can ask you to provide an ESA letter from a licensed healthcare professional as proof before granting a waiver of the pet deposit.

As an ESA is more than just a pet; it helps the owner overcome symptoms of an emotional or mental disability and is therefore exempt from pet fees and deposits.

ESA owners are still responsible for any property damage caused by their animals. The landlord may be able to deduct repairs from the tenant’s standard security deposit.

Can a Landlord Charge a Pet Deposit for an Emotional Support Animal?

Talk to your licensed health care professional if an ESA can help your emotional or mental disability. If you qualify, your companion can live with you without pet fees or deposits.

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