California HOA said NO to your Emotional Support Animal?

California HOA said NO to your Emotional Support Animal?

Now, before we begin, let’s disclose we’re not lawyers, fair housing experts, or the such. We do not accept any liability for the following information. Buyer beware.

Recently, a client sent along their HOA agreement, asking us for our opinion on its contents. That agreement, an eight-page document, was a typical example of what comes out of a California condo association.

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In other words, the HOA agreement violated Federal Law left and right.

Problem: The HOA asks for access to a medical professional and medical documentation.

HOA Document:

  • provide completed copies of the Affidavit of Treating Physician.
  • after reviewing the submitted request form.
  • a physician may provide verification of the disability/handicap through the use of the Association’s form Affidavit of Treating Physician.
  • which may include medical records evidencing dates of diagnosis and treatment for the disability/handicap

FHAct ([see FHEO-2013-01, April 25, 2013]) states:

“A housing provider also may not ask an applicant or tenant to provide access to medical records or medical providers or provide detailed or extensive information or documentation of a person’s physical or mental impairments.”

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Problem: The California HOA requires ‘certification’ or training.

HOA Document: all certifications or training the animal possesses and to maintain an identification tag and service animal vest on the animal.

FHAct ([see FHEO Notice FHEO-2013-01, April 25, 2013]) states:

“for the purposes of reasonable accommodation requests, neither the FHAct nor Section 504 requires an assistance animal to be individually trained or certified.”

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Three Steps To Get Your ESA Letter

Once you complete our intake assessment, you'll speak with a licensed mental health professional from your local area/state, discussing your disability and disability-related need for an emotional support animal. If needed, follow-up sessions and optional aftercare may be suggested.

If your therapist determines you would benefit from an Emotional Support Animal, a letter of prescription will be issued -- securely delivered and also sent US Mail. Your therapist will continue to maintain a relationship with you throughout the year to assess progress made in addressing the symptoms of your disability.

Problem: The HOA cannot limit where you take your ESA.

HOA Document: The emotional support/service animal is required to be walked in certain designated areas which may differ depending on the location of the unit and the owner’s disability/handicap. If the request is granted, the Association will provide you with the designated area for walking the animal.

FHAct ([FHEO-2013-01, April 25, 2013] p. 3) states:

“…to permit a person with a disability to live with and use an assistance animal(s) in all areas of the premises where persons are normally allowed to go…”

Need to get an ESA in San Franscisco?

Need to get an ESA in San Franscisco?

Our California Emotional Support Animal letter of Recommendation

The ESADoggy housing assessment contains carefully selected Fair Housing language that meets the disability verification standards defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As a disabled person requiring an assistance animal, you are entitled to an equal opportunity to use and enjoy any dwelling you qualify for, and our assessment provided should help secure those housing rights.

If your California fair housing rights are threatened, or the assessment we’ve provided is wrongfully rejected by your California landlord, property manager, or housing provider, there are additional steps that can be taken to help you.

How To Qualify

Without ever leaving the comfort of your home or office, you can qualify for an Emotional Support Animal. To qualify, you must complete the following steps.

1. Prescreening your mental health

You will safely and securely complete our brief mental health screening. This anonymous assessment will allow us to determine if you should connect with a mental health professional.

2. Shop ESA letter consultations

While face-to-face therapy can cost upwards of $350 for a single session, our total cost is just a fraction of that.

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3. Consult with a licensed professional

Via telephonic or video sessions, you’ll speak with an in-state licensed mental health professional to assess your disability and disability-related need for an emotional support animal. Follow-up care will also be offered.*

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At ESADoggy, we offer a web-based service that allows visitors (aka you) to submit their Emotional Support Animal letter, where it's reviewed by a team member. We'll gladly take a look, and reply back with our thoughts, but don't hate us if we come back with bad news.

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About ESADoggy

We both know an animal's companionship, and unconditional affection can bring happiness to a family or a person’s life.; this can be especially true for those struggling with anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, sleep issues, and other recognized emotional disabilities.

Thankfully, various Federal Laws, including the Fair Housing Act and Air Carrier Access Act, provide qualified individuals, along with their Emotional Support Animal, access to no-pets-allowed housing, travel amenities, and protection against discrimination, eviction, and unfair fees and deposits.

Through a mental health care provider-issued letter of prescription, these animals are a practical treatment option, bringing comfort and help minimize negative symptoms associated with a wide variety of emotional disabilities.

To bring this idea to the masses, we created ESADoggy, an organization built on a foundation of compassion and kindness toward people and animals in need.

Learn about us, our process, how we safeguard your personal information, and the Federal Laws we follow.

Or, just give us a call at 800-372-4125 to speak with a member of our Client Support Team.