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New York Emotional Support Animal Letter for Housing

Updated July 13, 2020.

Everyday through our online platform, our products connect clients with doctors and therapists who provide emotional support animal letters of recommendation and mental health talk therapy.

Our clients aren’t just “buying a letter from us,” they’re buying all that goes into the best emotional support animal products on the market. Our letters simply flat out work.

Do I Qualify? What About My Pet?

The United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency recently updated Fair Housing Act (FHA) guidelines 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.

Based on this latest guidance, we put together two free, exclusive tools to help determine if you and your pet qualify for a reasonable accommodation request. For US residents only.

What Makes Our Emotional Support Animal Letter Wildly Successful?

It’s a rare combination of industry expertise, excellent clinical skills, and global knowledge that only one firm can deliver. Over the past five years, we've had just four letters denied. Four letters, out of a rather very large number of clients. And while we can't make any guarantees about your letter, we're extraordinarily confident it will be smooth sailing for you.

We're Home to Authentic and Genuine Care.

Welcome to the era of pushing back on fake ESA letters. New Federal rules require a much higher burden of proof for those seeking an emotional support animal, as therapeutic care is now required. Patches, ID cards, registrations, certificates, and instant letters are causing headaches. Clinicians are being charged with crimes. Landlords are reporting tenant fraud.

No therapy options offered to clients. No sessions, no care, no concern for their mental health. Forget HIPAA compliance. All that’s missing is a Groupon coupon. It’s just bogus.
- Chaz Stevens, CEO ESAD Int'l

Elsewhere, Fraud is Rampant.

We've recently completed an exhaustive review of Internet providers who (a) offer emotional support animal letters, and (b) comply with HUD's latest guidelines. After examining over 100 websites, none were found to be in compliance, none offered clinical care, none ethically provided "an ongoing treating relationship."

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.

Qualifying for a New York Emotional Support Animal.

Typically cats and dogs, through their companion and affection, a New York ESA helps to lessen the symptoms of a mental disability. Governed by various Federal laws, FHA and ACAA, a New York Emotional Support Animal requires no formal training (unlike a service dog).

ESA Housing Letters

Our emotional support animal letters have been developed over the past five years by industry experts and comply with all Federal and state requirements, and is:

  • Issued and signed by a licensed mental health care professional who lives and practices in your state.
  • Good for six months (can be extended for another six months).
  • Delivered via secured download (PDF), hard copy option available).
  • Available within one to two business days after approval (same day option available,).
  • Written on the provider's business letterhead, the document contains every element required by law (including contact and license information).

Letter Indicate

Documents issued by ESAD Int'l will indicate:

  • Client's disability and disability-related need for the assistance animal.
  • How the assistance animal ameliorates the client's disability.
  • Therapist's personal knowledge of the client's disability.
  • An ongoing treating relationship.
  • Which major life activities are significantly impacted.
  • What reasonable accommodation request the client is seeking.

Standards Adherence

What first started in California has swept across the nation. Housing providers are now applying much stricter guidelines to approving a reasonable accommodation request for an assistance animal. When considering the reliability of letters submitted, some of the factors considered include:

  • Extent of the provider’s knowledge about the individual.
  • Nature of their professional relationship.
  • Whether that relationship is of an ongoing therapeutic nature.
  • Basis for the assessment of the individual.
  • Specificity of the letter.
  • Basis of the assessment that the animal will ameliorate symptoms.

Shop Housing Letters

Housing Pro 2020
$315 $239

Adults only

Housing Pro 2020 fully complies with recently updated US Fair Housing Act guidance that requires providers to have “personal knowledge" of the client's disability and an "ongoing treating relationship."

This product includes two therapeutic care sessions with a licensed clinician in your area.

Housing Pro 2020 Extended Edition
$549 $399

Adults only

The full-featured Housing Pro 2020 Extended Edition is your total emotional support animal care system.

Your purchase includes nearly $300 in extra features, and two therapeutic care sessions with a licensed clinician in your area.

Letter Renewal

By law and recently updated industry guidelines, emotional support animal housing letters retain their validity for six months after issue.

Need More Information?

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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2. Complete an Assessment.

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3: Engage With an Expert.

Finally, you'll engage in therapeutic care with a local, licensed health care provider via secured video technology

Being Approved.

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.

Individuals Seeking an ESA.

  1. Must have a “disability and disability-related need for an assistance animal” that can be verified.
  2. Has a disability that meets the law’s definition as having a “major impact on a life activity,” commonly referred to as a functional limitation.
  3. Usually experiences the effects of the disability through difficulties with sleep, focus and social interaction.
  4. Has an animal (and ESAD Int'l only considers dogs and cats) that relieves the symptoms of the disability and its effect on major life activities.

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:

  1. a physician or other medical professional;
  2. a mental health service provider; or
  3. 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.

Significant impacts on major life activities.

In summary, a disability can be verified if it has a significant impact on major life activities (sleep, concentration, focus, social interaction). If an animal helps mitigate those symptoms (sleep better, etc.), then an individual can be recommended for an assistance animal.

Examples.

Qualify: John Doe suffers from PTSD which results in high levels of anxiety. His anxiety keeps John awake, so he can’t get enough rest to go about his daily life. John has a very strong emotional bond with his cat, Mr. Mittens. Thankfully, the feline helps relieve his disability by reducing the level of anxiety to the point John can sleep. With his cat, his substantial limitation is alleviated — thus a necessary part of accommodating his disability. Mr. Mittens satisfies the definition of assistance animal because it: “... provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability.” [see FHEO Notice FHEO-2013-01, April 25, 2013] Deny: John Doe is having issues with his landlord. Facing eviction, John turns to ESAD Int'l for assistance. John wants his 120-pound German shepherd approved. Since there's no disability, he was denied.

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.

Getting Pre-Qualified.

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.

Individuals Seeking an ESA

  1. Must have a “disability and disability-related need for an assistance animal” that can be verified.
  2. Has a disability that meets the law’s definition as having a “major impact on a life activity,” commonly referred to as a functional limitation.
  3. Usually experiences the effects of the disability through difficulties with sleep, focus and social interaction.
  4. Has an animal (and ESAD Int’l only considers dogs and cats) that relieves the symptoms of the disability and its effect on major life activities.

Learn more about qualifying for an assistance animal.