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Emotional Support Animal Housing Laws: A Landlord’s Guide

As the willingness of doctors to prescribe emotional support animals (ESA) continues to increase, landlords are struggling to understand the emotional support animal housing laws. Navigating how to protect your property against damage, handling threats ESAs can have to other tenants, and the confusion between emotional support animals vs traditional service animals has never been more complicated.

Questions a landlord might ask:

  • Do I have to accept emotional support animal in my rental?

  • What fees can I charge?

  • Which questions can I ask about a tenant’s need for an ESA?

  • What proof can I require that my tenant is eligible for an emotional support animal?

  • Is an ESA a service animal, and what are the differences?

This article will help sort through common questions and outline your responsibilities and rights when renting to someone with an emotional support animal.