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[2020 UPDATE] North Carolina Emotional Support Animal Letter for Housing

Millions of Americans suffer from an emotional disability, and if you’re one of those afflicted, you may qualify for a North Carolina Emotional Support Animal Letter (North Carolina ESA).

Get a North Carolina Emotional Support Animal.

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

Qualifying for a North Carolina Emotional Support Animal.

We offer a short test to help determine if you might qualify for an emotional support animal. The instructional test lists a few of the major life activities that qualifies as a disability and a disability-related need and for each, asks three questions:

  • Intensity: how significant is this issue
  • Happens: how often does it occur
  • Mitigation: how well does your animal help lessen the symptoms

How This Works.

To qualify for a North Carolina Emotional Support Animal, the protocol is straightforward. Your North Carolina-licensed mental health professional certified your mental disability and issues a North Carolina Emotional Support Animal letter of recommendation. This is the documentation that you present to your property owner or airline gate agent, verifying your ESA status.

There are three steps to being issued an emotional support animal letter of recommendation by a licensed provider:

Step 1: Place Order

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Step 2: Take Exam

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Step 3: Get Engaged

We connect clients with a licensed provider in your state or province.

Your North Carolina Emotional Support Animal letter is good for six months.

Components of your North Carolina ESA Letter

Per Federal guidelines (FHA and ACAA), your North Carolina ESA letter of recommendation (written within the last year on the doctor’s letterhead) will contain important information:

  • You’re a current patient of the mental health provider who’s writing the ESA letter
  • You’re under their care and treatment of an emotional disability that’s outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5)
  • Your emotional disability restricts you from daily completing and participating at least one significant activity
  • The recommendation of a North Carolina Emotional Support Animal is an important part of your mental health treatment

Here’s a short list of various mental disorders that qualify for a North Carolina ESA letter.

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Bipolar
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Gender identity crisis
  • Learning disorders
  • Phobias/fears
  • Sexual disorder

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Federal Law regarding North Carolina Emotional Support Animals

Federal Law allows a licensed mental health provider to recommend qualified individuals an emotional support animal. Traditionally, this is an untrained dog or cat that helps treat its owner for symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, and PTSD.

The statutes recognize three broad categories of disabilities: (1) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as walking, working, washing, learning, dressing, etc.); (2) a record of impairment; or (3) being regarded as having such an impairment.

HUD and Housing Providers for your North Carolina Emotional Support Animal

HUD and housing providers take the following into consideration:

(1) Does the person seeking to use and live with the animal have a disability — i.e., a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities?

(2) Does the person making the request have a disability-related need for an assistance animal? In other words, does the animal work, provide assistance, perform tasks or services for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provide emotional support that alleviates one or more of the identified symptoms or effects of a person’s existing disability?

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From HUD’s guidelines, “such documentation is sufficient if it establishes that an individual has a disability and that the animal in question will provide some type of disability-related assistance or emotional support.”

Continuing, “a housing provider may not ask a tenant or applicant to provide documentation showing the disability or disability-related need for an assistance animal if the disability or disability-related need is readily apparent or already known to the provider.”

What exactly is a reasonable accommodation?

FHA discrimination includes “a refusal to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford [a person with a disability] an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.”

So, if your requested accommodation doesn’t unduly burden (financially or administratively) your landlord, nor can it fundamentally alter the housing complex, the owner must provide housing.

HUD and several courts have explicitly stated that an exception to a “no pets” policy would qualify as a reasonable accommodation.

A landlord can ask for supporting documentation defining the need for an emotional support animal, but a tenant is not required to provide proof of training or certification of the animal.

Your North Carolina Emotional Support Animal Letter

Occasionally, we’re asked by our clients to "certify their dog." And well, that’s not how it works.

You see, a North Carolina Emotional Support Dog letter is awarded to a patient suffering from an emotional disability. We’re not qualifying, certifying, nor approving an animal. Our job is to designate a pet as the patient’s emotional support animal.

A point of education for the North Carolina tenant.

We do business all across the globe, and a growing number of housing providers apply the most stringent standards (sometimes going overboard) when approving a tenant's request for an emotional support animal.

Recently, HUD updated their guidance (FHEO2020), applying new standards to the ESA approval process, now requiring providers to have "personal client knowledge" and an "ongoing treating relationship." To comply, our Housing Pro 2020 service provides sessions between the client and a North Carolina-licensed and -practicing psychologist. For North Carolina residents, we strongly recommend purchasing / upgrading to the Housing Pro 2020 product. Unfortunately, there is an additional fee.

As to our Housing Pro Classic product, this service does not comply with this guidance, as it's an assessment-only evaluation.

We’ve been battling North Carolina housing providers for years and have gained intimate familiarity with the hurdles placed by zealous landlords. They are, in a word, often brutal to tenants seeking an ESA accommodation request.

Registering my Emotional Support Dog.

Hardly a day goes by when we’re not asked if ESA registration sites are legitimate.

And the answer is oh, heck no.

There’s no such thing as a registry, database, or the such. It’s all a scam. Please avoid the following sites:

  • National Service Animal registry
  • Emotional Support Dog registration
  • Official Service Dog registry
  • US Service Dog registry

There’s only one way to qualify for a North Carolina Emotional Support Dog, and that’s a letter of recommendation from a Licensed Mental Health Professional.

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Residential Housing

Our residential housing service provides tenants with documentation allowing their animal into "no-pets-allowed" housing.

College Housing

College Pro 2020 addresses the unique requirements of assistance animals in university housing accommodations.

Air Travel

Travel Pro 2020 fully complies with the latest federal and airline requirements.

Hotel Stay

Hotel Pro 2020 helps document a guest’s need for an assistance animal.

Finding Your Way to a Legit ESA Letter

We’ve shopped around for emotional support animal letters that claim to get your assistance animal in the door of a rental, condo or HOA dwelling or onboard for travel. So we know all the ways online ESA vendors are taking people like you for a ride and exploiting your desire to have your furry or feathered friend by your side.

Some things to remember:

  1. Our service focuses on the mental health assessment and therapeutic care of an individual, not “certifying a dog.” Any services that claim to register a dog as an ESA is counterfeit. Federal and state rules for ESAs have to do with the animal owner’s mental health care needs, not the animal’s training or skills.
  2. To stem the booming cottage industry of faked emotional support animal letters, federal and state ESA laws have dramatically tightened, making it more time-consuming and costlier for a consumer to acquire the documents that stand up to legal challenges.
  3. Since ESA letters now require actual mental health care and consultation, there is no such things as a $22 letter that legitimately exempts your assistance animal from pet fees or rules prohibiting animals in housing or travel accommodations. They just don’t exist.

When you get the documents that will get your assistance animal in the door, or onboard, you’re not buying just a letter. As the law requires, you’re engaging with a licensed clinician who will clinically assess your condition. And if that professional believes you’d benefit from having an assistance animal to help reduce the symptoms of your disability, then the clinician will issue the proper documents.

We’re not cheap but following the letter of the law in a way that stands up to legal challenges rarely is. We have over 1,000 clinicians across the globe, we’re fully HIPAA-compliant, our highly trained experts are available live to answer your questions, so, in the end, you will truly get what you pay for; one way or the other.

We do it right.

We have rock-solid ethics, a great ethos, and amazing reviews.

Fair Housing for an emotional support dog in 2020.

Emboldened by changes in the law, landlords, condo associations and HOAs are now applying more stringent standards (sometimes going overboard) when approving a resident’s request for an emotional support animal.

Recently, HUD updated their rules (FHEO2020) so that people could no longer transform their pet into an assistance animal with the click of a “submit” button on an online form. Now licensed mental health providers to have “personal client knowledge” and an “ongoing treating relationship” to write an ESA letter that stands up to challenges. To comply, our Housing Pro 2020 product provides multiple clinical sessions between client and an in-state licensed provider.

Seven Mistakes To Avoid When Buying An Emotional Support Animal Letter

Getting what you need to document how your assistance animal is a reasonable accommodation for your disability can evoke so many feelings. You are excited that at last your needs will be legally protected. Yet, the challenges you may face in this journey may fill you with trepidation.

The rampant fakes online that even seasoned buyers fall for certainly magnifies what you are feeling. There’s so much to consider.

We’ve have compiled a list of common mistakes in getting an ESA letter, and the best ways to prevent the pitfalls in this journey. Be sure to avoid:

MISTAKE 1: Choosing the cheapest route to getting an emotional support animal letter

Why spend any money on a letter that doesn’t meet the basic requirements of the law? You are opening yourself up to having your legitimate need challenged and denied. That’s never a good way to start off when you’re moving to a new place or making a point.

By definition, getting an ESA letter that meets the letter of the law involves getting seen and evaluated by a licensed mental health professional. There’s no way that happens for $22, even if those dirt-cheap letters you find online promise that.

MISTAKE 2: Not knowing the online vendor’s physical location

You need to weed out those companies that are operating out of a Post Office box in a UPS store. You do that by looking carefully at the company’s website. Is an address listed? Be sure to Google that address to see if the company is in an actual building.

Consider:

  • Google mapping the location.
  • Looking for a corporate identity.
  • Looking for an actual named person on the company website.

MISTAKE 3: Not connecting offline

Make sure you can speak with someone. When (and if) you get them on the phone make sure you find out where the company’s clinicians are located (they must be based and licensed in your state). Also, ask them for the company’s physical address.

Consider:

  • If there was a clearly labeled “contact us” part of the website.
  • Whether someone answered the phone, or returned your message.
  • Was the call center U.S.-based?

MISTAKE 4: Forgetting to check on security and privacy.

You’ve already gotten those calls asking if that’s really you in Paris buying that $94,000 Hermes Vintage crocodile Birkin and definitely don’t want to do that again. Having your credit cards compromised is always a hassle and that’s why we’ve taken the steps to make sure it won’t happen as a result of your transaction with us. Our service, vetted and certified with Norton Secured, meets the highest standards for protecting consumer information.

Unfortunately, most all other ESA vendors will try to make you think they’ve done this by illegally cutting and pasting the McAfee Trusted logo onto their website.

It’s easy to verify the truth, however, simply by clicking on the logo. If it’s legitimate, it takes you to the McAfee site where the vendor’s information is displayed.

Consider:

  • Whether third-party security logos like Norton and McAfee are clickable.
  • For California residents, does the vendor have a California Privacy Rights policy?
  • What answer you get when you Google "who is" along with the domain name. Does the location and name match up?
  • If the domain privacy protected.

MISTAKE 5: Accepting any therapist

When you sign up with us, you get licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychologists (PhD / PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW / LMSW), and board licensed professional counselors (LPC).

Whoever evaluates your disability and needs must practice in the state you live in.

Consider:

  • Where the mental health professional practices.
  • How far the therapist is from where you live.
  • If the vendor offers more than just an evaluation of your disability for the ESA letter.
  • What comes up when you Google the name of your therapist.

MISTAKE 6: Assuming your sensitive medical information is safe

We built a state-of-the-art platform for our operation with one thing in mind: protecting your privacy and safeguarding the information you provide as if it were our own. We are in complete compliance with HIPAA, the law that governs patient information.

Consider:

  • Whether they have a published HIPAA compliance statement.
  • Inquiring about policies in the event of a data breach.
  • If there are physical security safeguards in place.
  • Who has access to which parts of your information.

MISTAKE 7: Believing online reviews

Those reviews you see posted on sites like TrustPilot and SiteJabber are not always what they seem. The truth is, anyone can post a 5-star review with no validation or verification that he or she is actually a customer.

The incentives to post fake reviews compound with every comment. For each additional post, ESA vendors can multiply visits, traffic, sales, which means adds up to more money for them.

Here are some hints that the reviews you’re reading are not the genuine article:

  • Sudden cascade of reviews that show up in a short amount of time.
  • Overuse of “I” and “me” and a lot of verbs.
  • The same phrase repeated over and over.
  • Reviewers with generic names, such as “Susan Jones,” and/or photo-less profiles.
  • Few middle-of-the-road reviews.
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ESA Letters: Buyer’s Checklist

Here’s everything you need to know about how to secure a legitimate emotional support animal letter:

  1. How this works: Our therapists will take you through three easy steps, to assess your need for an assistance animal.
  2. Who we are: Learn more about our organization, ethics, and ethos.
  3. Legitimate versus fake letters: Learn insider tips and tricks to avoid getting scammed.
  4. Reviews: Check out our amazing authentic reviews.
  5. ESAD Shopping Guarantee: Your complete satisfaction is our top priority.

Get Pre-qualified

We offer a short test to help determine if you might qualify for an emotional support animal. The instructional test lists a few of the major life activities that qualifies as a disability and a disability-related need and for each, asks three questions:

  • Intensity: how significant is this issue
  • Happens: how often does it occur
  • Mitigation: how well does your animal help lessen the symptoms

How This Works

There are three steps to being issued an emotional support animal letter of recommendation by a licensed provider:

Step 1: Place Order

We make use of best-in-class security tools and practices to maintain the highest level of security.

Step 2: Take Exam

Our streamlined process is your speed pass to a perfect emotional support animal letters.

Step 3: Get Engaged

We connect clients with a licensed provider in your state or province.

Our credibility matters down the line.

We’ve been helping clients for a long time and maybe we could get away with selling bogus products maybe once, maybe twice.

But it would catch up to us, and the Internet never forgets.

Our credibility as a reputable provider of emotional support animal services is based upon our client’s trust.

And that’s crucial to our success.

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I’m so grateful I found ESDA Intl. Both Chaz and the doctor that I worked with were very professional and responsive. I had my letter within a couple of days and I couldn’t be happier with my experience. I highly recommend this service!
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The process with ESA doggy was simple, straight forward and professional. The manager is a kind man who is a good listener.

About ESADoggy

ESAD Intl. is a global healthcare technology company with a mission to provide bespoke emotional support animal training, education, and wellness. Every day through our online platform, we connect clients with therapists who provide emotional support animal letters of recommendation and offer COVID-related mental health therapy.

We offer access to licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited medical doctors, Doctor of Nursing Practice, psychologists (PhD / PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW / LMSW), and board licensed professional counselors (LPC).

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