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How Do I Get an ESA Letter for Housing?
If you’ve ever kept a pet in your life, you must be familiar with the irreplaceable affection and strong bond you had with your furry companion. It is a well-established fact that owning a pet can increase physical activities and reduce stress. As for the United States, a significant part of the population is suffering from mental disorders like PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Keeping pets as your emotional support, really helps alleviate the stress in your head.
Thanks to US federal laws for housing, people with a legitimate ESA letter for housing are legally allowed to keep their emotional support animal (ESA) in purchased or rental properties, even if the landlord has a ‘no pets’ policy.
How Can I Get an ESA Letter for My House?
If you have decided to move into ‘pet-restricted’ or ‘no-pet’ housing along with your ESA dog or cat, you must acquire a valid letter from a licensed therapist or mental health practitioner within the state you reside.
To get this ESA letter you have to visit any therapist or doctor and tell them about your mental condition. You must make the therapist aware that you have an emotional attachment with your pet, and you will be stressed out if the landlord doesn’t allow you to keep it.
Don’t worry that doctors will not allow you to keep it. Mental disorders are always seen as top priority and by the way, everyone knows about the emotions and feelings people have regarding their pets. The therapist will check your medical history and approve the letter within one or two days.
If you find it difficult to get an appointment with a therapist physically, you can always avail this option online. You can find numerous websites that will provide you an ESA letter just by filling a questionnaire. The questionnaire contains different questions about your medical condition which are then reviewed by a medical health practitioner.
After reviewing your application, if the therapist finds you eligible for an ESA, your letter gets approved.
What does an ESA Letter for House Look Like?
To be eligible for convincing a landlord to render your emotional support animal a suitable accommodation, the ESA letter should mention several details: The disorder you are facing, as per ‘Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)’ The therapist who issued the letter is treating you The disorder you are facing is impairing your day to day activities The emotional support animal is helping you relieve symptoms of the disorder
After g etting an ESA letter for the house, you have every right to keep your ESA on the property with you and if the landlord violates your rights, you can always file a complaint at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the landlord will definitely face the consequences. Moreover, you are not liable to answer any of the questions, if asked by the landlord, aside from the information mentioned in your ESA Letter. Following are the penalties that the landlord could get if he/she denies access to your ESA.
The landlord would compensate you for the damages including humiliation, and suffering you faced Pay the cost or fee to your attorney He/she could get a civil fine up to $16,000 for the initial violation and the fine could go further up to $70,000 if the violation is made again in seven years.
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