“I need to get a cheap ESA letter,” we often hear from website visitors.
“I’m sorry, but we don’t sell letters for a fee,” we’d answer. “With us, you’re issued documentation after you clinically engage with our in-state provider who will verify your disability-related need. And, for a housing verification, that starts around $265.”
“Oh my gosh! Why, all over the web, I can get ’em for $59. You’re much more expensive.”
“We wish you all the best,” we offer in reply.
Not All Letters Are Equal. In Fact, Nearly All Letters Bought Online Are Bogus.
In Florida, that $59 letter 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 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.
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.