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.
Can a landlord deny an emotional support animal California?
A landlord cannot deny an ESA simply because they do not allow pets. No, your landlord cannot evict you because they do not want you to have an ESA. This is in direct violation of Fair Housing regulations. You are required to request reasonable accommodations for your ESA before bringing them into your apartment.
Can you ask for proof of service dog in California?
It is not mandatory in California to have an identification tag or vest on your Service Dog. However, it is highly recommended. To obtain an identification tag, your Service Dog must meet certain explicit requirements (in training) to be considered legitimate.
Are emotional support animals allowed in restaurants in California?
California law allows persons with disabilities to bring trained service dogs and psychiatric service dogs, but not emotional support animals, to all public places.
Can you get an emotional support dog for anxiety?
To legally make your pet an emotional support animal, a therapist must recommend an ESA for your mental illness. According to the NIMH, 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental illness – including anxiety. A licensed therapist must write you an ESA letter recommending an emotional support animal for your condition.
Who can write an emotional support animal letter?
The person who can “prescribe” or recommend a recognized emotional support animal letter is a licensed mental health professional.
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