Updated July, 2020.
New Laws Tighten ESA Rules.
New Federal and state rules designed to combat online fraud now require a much higher burden of proof for those claiming a disability-related need for a California Emotional Support Animal Letter (California ESA).
Patches, ID cards, certificates, or similar registration will no longer suffice. Clinicians are prohibited from providing written documentation by merely assessing a client's need for an assistance animal. Landlords are reporting emotional support animal fraud to the US Department of Justice.
From HUD's Update.
The dangers of buying counterfeit emotional support animal letters aren’t always obvious. There are economic impacts, legal implications, and other risks that are important for you to know before making a purchase. Counterfeiters don’t care about your well-being. They just want to make a profit.
"Some websites sell certificates, registrations, and licensing documents for assistance animals to anyone who answers certain questions or participates in a short interview and pays a fee."
In 2020, these counterfeit documents are being summarily rejected by housing providers across the US.
California Residents, Don't Leave Anything to Chance.
Housing Pro 2020 fully complies with the recently updated guidance requiring providers to have “personal client knowledge" and an "ongoing treating relationship."
All of our products include therapeutic care with a licensed clinician in your area.
Typically cats and dogs, through their companion and affection, a California ESA helps to lessen the symptoms of a mental disability. Governed by various Federal laws, FHA and ACAA, a California Emotional Support Animal requires no formal training (unlike a service dog).
A legitimate ESA letter isn't something you get off the shelves of your local Petco. This isn't a certificate, a leash, a harness, none of that.
Sure, you can save a few bucks and take a chance on bogus products that are likely to raise red flags along with your blood pressure. But keep in mind, HUD is cracking down, the airlines are cracking down, landlords also -- and all with good reason. So, don’t take a chance with subpar products because they cost less. We’re earned our reviews with hard work, compassionate care, and doing everything by the book.
Whatever decision you make, we wish you all the best and good health.
Get a California Emotional Support Animal.
The 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.
Some in the industry are applauding the new restrictions.
“Twenty-two dollar documents, deceitful business practices, unlicensed and unethical therapists, pets becoming service animals by clicking ‘submit’ — I see it every day,” said Chaz Stevens, CEO and founder of ESAD Intl., which offers emotional support animal letters worldwide. He’s concerned the fake operators will undermine the legitimacy of a vital service, a lifeline, really, for the truly disabled who legitimately need accommodations.
“It’s about time Uncle Sam sent in the cavalry,” he added.
Get pre-qualified for a California assistance animal.
Our short test, about 10 questions or so, helps determine if you might qualify for an assistance animal. Getting pre-qualified can help measure your disability-related need for an emotional support animal. It’s often a good step for first-time clients who are just testing the waters and aren’t ready to jump in.
ESA Letters: Buyer’s Checklist.
- How this works: It all starts with three easy steps.
- Get pre-qualified: We offer a short test to help determine if you might qualify for an emotional support animal.
- Secure a legitimate emotional support animal letter: