Cheap Emotional Support Animal Letters.
The following is an actual email sent to us from an anonymous visitor,
"Your charges are way out of line for Texas Esa. Almost everyone on the internet and your charges are 3 times the normal fee for Texas ESA Certification."
Oh my gosh, where to start?
"I'm sorry, but we don't sell letters for a fee," we answered. "That's illegal now in many states. With us, you're purchasing clinical care time to have your disability-related need for an assistance animal assessed, verified, and treated. When appropriate, you will be issued an emotional support animal letter of recommendation. And, for a housing verification, that starts around $199 -- which is very competitively priced."
This Market is a Hot Mess.
Let's be candid - cheap ESA letters and certificates are fraudulent. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating. HUD is sorely irritated at this entire hot mess, along with many states and the entire airline industry. We're not all too thrilled with the Wild West approach too many seem to have.
From the Federal Trade Act, "The Federal Trade Commission Act is the primary statute of the Commission. Under this Act, as amended, the Commission is empowered, among other things, to (a) prevent unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce; (b) seek monetary redress and other relief for conduct injurious to consumers; (c) prescribe rules defining with specificity acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive, and establishing requirements designed to prevent such acts or practices; (d) gather and compile information and conduct investigations relating to the organization, business, practices, and management of entities engaged in commerce."
"We wish you all the best," we offer in reply.
Most Cheap ESA Letters Bought Online Are Problematic.
Nowadays, those dirt cheap letters can land you in jail, and be very problematic for the therapist issuing that sketchy document.
You want cheap, or legitimate? You want it done right, or break the law? You get to choose one or the other.
The price difference isn’t about one ESA letter versus another – it’s the costly therapeutic process used to reliably verify one’s need (or the lack thereof) that matters.
A process clearly outlined by HUD’s new rules.
HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, now requires clinicians to have personal knowledge of the client’s disability and disability-related need for an assistance animal that’s been developed thru an active treating relationship.
Those $59 emotional support animal letters are dirt-cheap because they lack clinical sessions and personal knowledge. Letter scammers provide consumers with a simple, cheap, and utterly spurious way to obtain counterfeit assistance animal documentation. For sooth, sites like Waggy are artificially deflating the true cost of an emotional support animal letter. And for years, they’ve gotten away with it.
Read: What sort of guarantee do you offer?
Those Days Are Thankfully Coming To an End.
HUD’s demanded the Federal Trade Commission investigate "websites [...] using questionable business practices that exploit consumers, prejudice the legal rights of individuals with disabilities, dupe landlords, and generally interfere with good faith efforts to comply with the requirements of the Fair Housing Act."
With all this attention, you better be on the right side of the equation.
So, if you still want to buy a $59 letter but now know better, you're part of the problem, but even so, we wish you all the best.