I’ve just moved and notified my new leasing office that we have an ESA and also turned in paperwork. It’s been a week and 2 days and I’m still “waiting to hear back” from the home office about whether it’s accepted. My question is: if I notified them and turned in paperwork, do I have to wait for them to ok the animal?
If you have presented a legitimate ESA request for reasonable accommodation, then landlord does not "approve" the ESA as ESA's are not pets and not subject to pet deposits, fees or other pet restrictions. Violations of the Fair Housing Act that allow ESA's in pet restricted housing can be reported to the local HUD office.
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