My three year old son has been diagnosed as autistic the dr wrote a letter to our property manager about an emotional support animal (a 4.1 lb pom chi) they told me he could not have it unless i jumped through all the hoops...ie he said the dog had to be trained and i had to prove training. I have read and reread the esa laws and i think i was discriminated against. Was i..what are my rights..what can i do?
Unless the ESA service animal is certified, a landlord may treat the animal as any other animal.
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You need to understand that just getting an animal doesn't make it an animal support animal even if you think it is having that effect. The law requires that it be certified as such to protect landlords and others from those that would just assert whatever pet they have qualified.
I can appreciate that this must be a very trying time for you but you time would be better spent getting the animal certified or simply obtaining a certified animal rather than trying to pursue your landlord.
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