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Laws for Emotional Support Animals

ESA’s provide comfort and support to the mentally and emotionally disabled person. They enjoy certain legal privileges under the ESA laws. Some important laws are needed to be discussed while understanding the housing and traveling rules for an individual having emotional support animals.

Federal Fair Housing Act (FFHA)

According to the FFHA, homeowners under the Housing Department provide an ESA letter for housing. They are required to make appropriate plans for enabling people with disabilities to carry an assistance pet with them at home. The Air Carrier Access Act also qualifies ESAs to accompany their owners in an airplane cabin, it will need paperwork to clarify why the owner has an illness and why the dog has to travel with them.

Under the FHA, landlords are not legally:

  • Obliged to pay any additional fee about ESAs

  • Investigate the disability's comprehensive medical records

  • Refuse to accept emotional support from an individual

  • Call for special training for pets

  • Use any sort of identification collar that is harming the animal

Nevertheless, households are legally responsible if their pet causes any injury to the people or the property. However, federal law does not require the ESAs to wear clothes or collars of any kind. Although, we highly recommend you to make your dog look official in order to get identified in any public place.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also authorizes house businesses to exempt themselves from "no animal" policies. The two conditions required for exceptions from such policies are as follows:

  • The person living with an animal pet must have some kind of illness that is impacting his life greatly.

  • The pet has to provide some sort of treatment or assistance that is appropriate to the symptoms reported.

Moreover, to classify an individual, HUD does not indicate that disorders are an exception. Instead, they specify that the duties of an ESA involve "providing emotional support for disabled people who need some disability-related help."

An exception typically involves a psychologist's confirmation letter detailing the individual's animal needs for emotional support. Landlords may also require housing applicants to request the legally validated application by a doctor or therapist that recognizes the condition. Therefore, it is important to follow all the rules and regulations to avoid any legal proceedings against you. 

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