Esa/assistance Animal Trouble?

Have you or someone you know run into problems related to ESA/Assistance/Service animals and housing

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FlannelPig

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Hey so i was just kinda curious as to whether anyone else has run into problems similar to some stuff my wife and i just went through.

About a week ago, i had my newly adopted cat registered as my assistance animal. She has been absolutely wonderful! I've never met a cat that accepts training so well and is so eager to please. So that has all been going well but then we ran into a bit of an issue... We are moving in about a week. Luckily, we are moving very nearby so the same laws apply and i foresaw no issues. Unfortunately, where we were moving to didn't understand assistance animals and how they should be treated by housing at all... The apartment management was very sweet and polite but seemed genuinely uneducated on the subject. They wanted us to pay hundreds of dollars in pet fees and check her weight to make sure she would even be allowed. Again luckily, they were very sweet and understanding and once they simply looked at the law, sent me an email apologizing and saying she is welcome in the new apartment. I'm very happy it all worked out and glad we only had a few days of worrying about it.

So here comes my question: Have you or someone you know run into problems related to ESA/Assistance/Service animal and housing? I'm wondering how common it is to have problems. (Also, it's important to note that i live in the US.)
 

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Hi sorry to hear of the trouble you are having. I can't comment as I'm in the UK and don't know the first thing about your situation. I opened the thread cos of the ESA but it stands for something different in the UK. We have a few members in the states so hopefully someone will be able to answer your questions
 

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Hi, I also have an ESA cat and met a lot of landlords who were unaware of ESA laws. It is illegal for a landlord to evict emotional support animals which provide assistance related to the owner’s disability. In addition, under the Fair Housing Act, the property manager or landlord has no right to charge you extra for the ESA, but on the condition that an emotional support animal behaves well and has certain documents (ESA certification or ESA letter). Many landlords that have not allowed emotional support animals have been financially punished for violating the Fair Housing Acts laws. It's recommended to display the laws to your landlord or accuse him due to discrimination. Hope that helps
 

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Hi, I also have an ESA cat and met a lot of landlords who were unaware of ESA laws. It is illegal for a landlord to evict emotional support animals which provide assistance related to the owner’s disability. In addition, under the Fair Housing Act, the property manager or landlord has no right to charge you extra for the ESA, but on the condition that an emotional support animal behaves well and has certain documents (ESA certification or ESA letter). Many landlords that have not allowed emotional support animals have been financially punished for violating the Fair Housing Acts laws. It's recommended to display the laws to your landlord or accuse him due to discrimination. Hope that helps
Thank you for your input. Unfortunately this thread is very old and the member has not been online in over a year
 
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