I have a ESA letter from from mental health therapist.
ESAs are not covered under the ADA. In fact ESAs are widely considered fake because you can buy the credentials on the internet. The ADA only covers service animals; service animals perform specific tasks.
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NO. They cannot charge a pet fee or pet deposit for an ESA. You will be responsible for any damage, however. Pursuant to the federal Fair Housing Act, housing facilities must allow service dogs and emotional support animals, as long as it's necessary for a person with a disability to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the home. To fall under this provision, you must have a disability and you must have a disability-related need for the animal. (For more information, see the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s guidance on service animals.)
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Attorney Illmanen response is correct. Depending on the amount of pet deposit and fees it may well be worth your while to hire an attorney to send landlord a letter reminding them of their obligations under the FHA. You can also report your landlord to your local HUD office.
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