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The Value of Companionship

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) provide emotional support and calming comfort for people suffering from disabilities, simply through their presence. Whether someone suffers from chronic anxiety, depressions or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTDS), ESAs can help moderate their symptoms.

The Fair Housing Act (FHA):

People with disabilities must be provided with reasonable accommodations.  This means a landlord cannot discriminate against someone who needs to live together with their emotional support animal (ESA). You are entitled to live with your ESA without paying additional pet fees or deposits. Landlords are required to accommodate companion animals regardless of declaration/attestation of a "no-pet" policy.

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Emotional Support & Companion Animal Letters

Here is a list of the information an ESA letter must include:

  • An official letterhead with name and contact information of practice

  • The date the letter was issued

  • Your name and the name and type/breed of animal

  • Request for ESA accommodation for your place of residence

  • The name of your licensed provider

  • Statement verifying they are your therapist and are currently treating you for a disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). 

  • The type of license and date of issue

  • The state of the therapist’s jurisdiction

Who Can Write an ESA Letter?

Only a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) in your state, can issue an ESA letter. If you’re ever confused about the technicality of who can write an ESA letter, do your homework.


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