When to disclose:
You are allowed to inform the landlord before or after you actually move in.
- It is not unusual for tenants to qualify for an ESA after signing a lease and moving in.
- Under HUD guidelines, landlords should consider a tenant’s ESA accommodation request no matter when it’s made.
What about before lease signing?
Some tenants are hesitant about disclosing their ESA prior to signing a lease for fear of being discriminated against.
- It’s an understandable concern, but it’s recommended to be upfront and open about your emotional support animal.
Ask your licensed healthcare professional if having more than one ESA is beneficial for your mental health.