Do Service Animals have priority over Emotional Support Animals during the housing accommodations process?
No! This is a huge misunderstanding carried over from public accommodations which should not be applied to housing accommodations. According to HUD there is no difference between a Service Animal or an Emotional Support Animal for the purposes of housing and reasonable accommodations. In fact, both ESAs and Service Animals are considered “Assistance Animals” for the purposes of fair housing and neither are to be treated preferentially.