Because of the Fair Housing Act, a person with a pet that is an emotional support animal is federally protected to live in homes, apartments, condos, etc. where pets are not allowed. A person and their ESA cannot be legally charged a deposit or other fee for their ESA pet.
Because the presence of an emotional support animal pet is what is effective to help a person with an emotional disability, the pet is not required to have any specific training.
It's not difficult to qualify for an emotional support animal. A licensed mental health professional (therapist, psychiatrist, MD, etc.) must determine that your anxiety, depression, PTSD experience, or other emotional challenge is "disabling".
Many people have no therapist or their therapist is unwilling to write an animal emotional support letter, use Chilhowee Psychological Services (CPS). CPS offers an emotional support animal assessment and provides low-cost ESA letters, with no hidden fees. You can also call them, toll free, at 888-973-0489.
Even if a property has a "cats only" policy, the landlord must accept your emotional support animal if it is a dog.
If the property has a policy that allows dogs weighing no more than 30 lbs. and the emotional support animal weighs 75 lbs., the property manager must make a change in the rules to accommodate you and your pet. If the property accepts all dogs, except pit bulls, and your ESA is a pit bull, the property manager must allow your pit bull to live with you.
Under the Fair Housing Act, property managers/landlords are NOT required to make a reasonable accommodation for ESA's or Service Dogs in these cases: