Can My Landlord Charge Me 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.

Can you be charged pet rent for an emotional support animal?

Pet fees. Service and assistance animals are not technically pets and owners do not have to pay pet fees. The landlord, however, can charge a security deposit and may still seek money from the tenant if there is any damage caused by the animal to the home.

Do I have to rent to someone with an emotional support animal?

The need for an emotional support animal is not grounds for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a landlord, you must offer reasonable accommodation to renters with emotional support animals, or someone who develops a need for one while they are your tenant.

Can a landlord charge you for a service animal?

Landlords cannot charge a pet deposit or pet fee for service animals, however the tenant is liable for any damage that the service animal may cause. Landlords can require written verification from the tenant’s health care provider that they are disabled but cannot ask for any specifics about the disability.

Who qualifies for an emotional support animal?

How to 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.

How much does an ESA letter cost?

ESA letter options.

The total cost of our complete service is $175.00 and includes everything you will need to fly and live with your pet.

Can my therapist write an ESA letter?

In order to get a valid emotional support animal letter, it needs to come from a licensed mental health professional. Licensed mental health professionals include psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, and other licensed therapists.

Can a landlord ask for proof of emotional support animal?

No, landlords may not charge additional rent or demand a pet deposit for emotional support animals. Can a landlord ask for proof for my emotional support animal? Yes, a landlord may ask you for an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional.

Can a landlord legally say no pets?

Generally the landlord cannot even enter the home without giving the tenant notice except in an emergency, unless the lease specifies otherwise. Even if your lease does not allow pets, you may have a legal right to keep your pet.

Can a business deny an emotional support animal?

Americans With Disabilities cites that emotional support dogs or animals do not have the training to do specific tasks in assisting a person with disability or impairment, unlike service animals. Hence, the pets may not be allowed to accompany their owner in public places ie. restaurants, stores, hotels.