An ESA is a medical tool and not a pet. Under Federal Fair Housing Laws, Emotional Support Animals must have access to apartments with a no-pet policy and are exempt from pet-related fees.
Pets that provide people with comfort have unique housing rights. The law refers to these types of pets as Emotional Support Animals. Emotional Support Animals help aid with an emotional or mental disability. An ESA is a medical tool and not a pet. Under Federal Fair Housing Laws, Emotional Support Animals must have access to apartments with a no-pet policy and are exempt from pet-related fees.
If you feel like you may benefit and qualify for an ESA, you may read this article for more information.
If you are ready to qualify for an emotional support animal letter, complete the questionnaire to connect with a licensed mental health professional today.
How to Get an ESA Letter to Show my Landlord
In order to qualify for an emotional support animal, you must first have an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional or LMHP. The ESA letter lets your landlord know that you need the emotional support animal for your disability and that you qualify under the Fair Housing Act. If you have an ESA letter from a real LMHP, your landlord cannot deny your request or charge you a pet fee and pet deposit.
In order to get your ESA letter to show your landlord, you can either connect with a licensed mental health professional in real life or connect with one online. The LMHP will determine if an emotional support animal will benefit you and provide a written document requesting your ESA to live with you.
To connect with a real licensed mental health professional online, complete the ESA Questionnaire in the “Get Started” link below.
Living with an Emotional Support Dog or Cat – A Guide to Dealing with Difficult Landlords
Although the law is on your side, telling your landlord you have an Emotional Support Animal can be stressful. We will address commonly asked questions and provide tips on how to inform your landlord you have an ESA. Although it may be uncomfortable at first, standing up for your rights is important. Not only for yourself but for other people who may need the support of an ESA.