If your pet is part of your at-home therapy plan for chronic stress, depression, or anxiety, you can get an approval to keep your pet in your rental home, even if your landlord has a ‘No Pets Allowed’ policy in force. All you need to do is have an emotional support animal letter, also known as an ESA letter, stating that your pet is part of your therapy plan. Under the Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988, you are legally entitled to keep an emotional support animal on the premises regardless of your rental housing terms, as long as you supply your landlord or property owner with a certified emotional support animal letter. If this is something that you could benefit from, you will need to have your physician or another medical professional provide you with this documentation.
Who Is Qualified To Write An ESA Letter?
Any primary care physician or medical professional can write an ESA letter for you. If for some reason your own physician refuses to write the statement for you, there are other options that you can consider. A therapist or psychologist treating you for mental health issues such as depression, chronic stress or anxiety can provide you with a certified letter to present to your landlord or property owner. You can also find physicians online who are capable of providing you with a travel letter, temporary housing letter or a permanent housing letter for a fee.
What Are The Benefits of an Emotional Support Animal Letter?
This type of letter can help you out in a number of ways. If you currently live in rental housing or are planning to move to a rental community that does not allow pets indoors, you can still keep your pet and live wherever you want when you have a certified ESA letter. The Fair Housing Amendment Act protects you, and your emotional support animal, from having to relocate because the animal is there for health reasons. If you choose to go online and purchase an ESA letter from a certified physician, you can choose to buy a letter that is good for a temporary amount of time, or one that is permanent. You can also be approved for a travel letter that will allow you to take your emotional support animal along with you on planes, trains, ships and other modes of transportation while you are away from home.