Virginia

Attention Virginia Residents.

Virginia residents are subject to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Act.

Virginia § 36-96.3:1 Combats Emotional Support Animal Fraud in Housing.

Pro-tip: Don't listen to your landlord's demand to "go online and get a certificate." In the state of Virginia, that's now against the law.

Virginia's § 36-96.3:1 combats emotional support animal and service dog fraud. We rise in the strongest support of this legislation.

Therapeutic Relationship.

An emotional support animal registration of any kind, including an identification card, patch, certificate, or similar registration document, is no longer allowed. Mental health care providers must have personal knowledge of the resident’s disability and be acting within the scope of their practice.