Question: Can A Landlord Charge For An Emotional Support Animal?

Can a landlord deny an emotional support animal?

An emotional support animal cannot be denied by a landlord just because it is a puppy or kitten.

Landlords that deny dogs because they are younger and are considered puppies are not following the rules set out by the Fair Housing Act.

With that being said, you are responsible for the actions of your ESA.

How do you qualify for an emotional support animal?

If you have an emotional disability, you can legally qualify for an ESA, short for emotional support animal. You must be certified as emotionally disabled by a psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist or other duly-licensed and/or certified mental health professional.

Can you charge a deposit for an emotional support animal?

Landlords cannot legally

Ask a tenant to pay a deposit, fee, or surcharge in exchange for having an emotional support animal, even if they require such a practice from owners who wish to obtain pets in their dwelling. Require that an emotional support animal have any specific training.

What are the laws for emotional support animals?

Overview of the ESA Laws

There are two areas where Emotional Support Animals are covered under Federal ESA Law. The Fair Housing Act allows you to LEGALLY live in rented apartments/condos with your emotional support animal. The first area is that ESA’s are allowed into “no pets” policy housing.