Hi, first of all thank you for your time. I live in the state housing authority, with a pet policy of 1 dog (under 30lbs) or 1 cat only. My doctor has written me a letter for 2 emotional support animals (cats) that I do not have yet. I fear getting them will get me an eviction letter. I read that I do not have to pay a security deposit, however, a deposit of $160 is required by the housing. Thank you.
Talk to your landlord and see if they will allow you to do it. If they say yes, get it in writing . Best of luck with it
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.
Any answer provided on the AVVO website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice for your specific situation. You should always seek legal advice before taking any action which may affect your future rights. Your local legal aid office may well provide information or access to free legal advice and your state bar organization may provide referrals to reputable attorneys who will provide advice on a reduced cost basis.
ESAs are not a "pet", just like a wheelchair is not a pet.
PLEASE DO NOT PRIVATE MESSAGE ME with followup questions. Instead, you may make a comment below, which will be sent to me automatically. If you need an attorney to assist you, please search in your local area, or click the "Find a Lawyer" link at the top of the page. I am active on AVVO and answer questions only as a public service. I am an Attorney-at-Law, licensed to practice law only in the state of California. Unless we have both signed a formal retainer agreement you are not my client, and my discussion of issues does not constitute legal advice. Opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions of those who hold other opinions.
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do not.What determines Avvo Rating?Experience & background
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline