I will be getting her ESA papers in a week but my landlord has said she is Go I g to evict us because of the dog, even with the papers. I have PTSD and anxiety also I'm pregnant and this is causing me a lot of stress. What do I do??
As far as I know, he CANNOT, evict you. I believe it is under Title i of the ADA under public accommodations. Talk with a landlord-tenant attorney. They would know this backward and forward.
I am going to move you to Landlord Tenant. Under Discrimination you will have employment attorneys mainly like me. This is found under the U.S. Department of housing and Urban Development under the Department of Justice as enforcer.
Keep in mind that an emotional support dog is not the same as a service dog, the latter of which is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Your situation may be covered by the Fair Housing Act, assuming it applies to the property you are renting (not all properties do), though. In that case, your landlord may request paperwork showing that there is a significant nexus between your accommodation request (in other words, allowing the dog to stay) and your reason for needing the accommodation. That may be in the form of a letter or other form from a mental health professional stating that the dog alleviates some or all of your symptoms. Other than that, there is no registration for emotional support animals (or therapy animals), so anyone selling certificates of registration is selling you something that's not worth the paper it's printed on. Some companies sell letters that may satisfy your landlord, but what is probably best is a letter from a mental health professional, whether that be a doctor or therapist.
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