According to the Fair Housing Act, both Emotional Support Animals & Service Animals are considered Assistance Animals and are to be provided all reasonable accommodations.
If any of the above violations have occurred because you require an Emotional Support Animal or a Service Animal, you may have been subjected to housing discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act, and you are entitled to protect those rights.
- An assistance animal is being denied housing because of its breed, weight, or size. [pit bull, german shepherd etc.].
- An assistance animal is being charged a pet rent, pet fee or pet deposit.
- An assistance animal is being denied access to common areas: swimming pool area, club house, fitness center, or any other common use area at the apartment complex, condo assoc., hoa, or mobile home park.
- An assistance animal is prohibited from living within city limits because of its breed.
- An assistance animal is required to attend a “pet interview” or any other inspection.
- An assistance animal is denied housing because the housing provider’s insurance coverage prohibits certain dog breeds.
- An assistance animal is required to have a “service dog certificate” or “service dog registration” or is required to have “proof of training”- all of these are illegal requests.
- An emotional support animal is denied housing because it is not a service animal.
- A housing provider would only accept a “doctor’s letter” because a letter from anyone not a doctor is not accepted.
- A housing provider requires direct contact with the disabled person’s medical professional, or requires additional forms to be completed by the disabled person’s medical professional.
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An emotional support animal is a type of assistance animal that is recognized as a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability under the federal Fair Housing Act.
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An emotional support animal is a type of assistance animal that is recognized as a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability under the federal Fair Housing Act. An emotional support animal is not a pet. An emotional support animal is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability.
New HUD Guidelines.
HUD's new rules are an update to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) that sought to equalize the ability of people with disabilities to enjoy housing. Under the law, housing providers had to exempt those with disabilities from “no pet” rules and pet fees. But some of the gaps in the rules have been abused by those simply trying to bypass pet rules and fees. Others who are providing the letters have exploited uneducated consumers To comply, Housing Pro 2020 provides multiple clinical sessions between client and an in-state licensed provider.
Therapeutic Relationship Required.
Documentation submitted in support of an assistance animal request must come from a person who has a “therapeutic relationship” with the resident seeking the accommodation. A therapeutic relationship is “the provision of medical care, program care, or personal care services, in good faith, for and with actual knowledge of, an individual’s disability and that individual's disability-related need for an assistance animal by:
- a physician or other medical professional;
- a mental health service provider; or
- a non-medical service agency or reliable third party who is in a position to know about the individual's disability.”
Because a therapeutic relationship requires that care services be provided, in good faith, for an individual’s disability, documentation submitted on the basis of a single visit to a health care provider solely to obtain a “doctor’s note” will generally not be legally sufficient.
Emotional support animal letter for travel.
An emotional support animal provides comfort to support a customer’s diagnosed mental or emotional disorder. Emotional support animals need not have specific training for that function. All must be trained to behave appropriately in a public setting. Acceptable ESAD Int'l emotional support animals are limited to dogs and cats. Your animal must behave appropriately in a public environment. If your 10-pound Chihuahua acts like Cujo, running around the airport on attack mode, the "best ESA letter in the world" won't matter. To qualify, an individual must have a health professional verify:
- A mental health-related disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (DSM IV).
- A need for the emotional support or psychiatric service animal to remedy the disability’s effects during air travel and activity at your destination
The passenger/client must be currently under the care and treatment of a licensed professional. To comply, Travel Pro 2020 provides a clinical session between client and an in-state licensed provider. Read: ESAD Int'l's service dog fraud policy.
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