Can I have 2 emotional support animals (cats) in my apartment in the Housing Authority (where only 1 dog or 1 cat is allowed)?
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ESAs are not a "pet", just like a wheelchair is not a pet.
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Emotional support animals are not "pets" under the Fair Housing Act and a landlord cannot charge pet fees or deposits (although they can charge for damage caused to the property by the ESA). Landlords (including public housing) who threaten to take adverse action can be reported to the local HUD office.
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