I was just recommended by my doctor to obtain an emotional support animal. I have a letter hand written by him with his letter head on it. When I took it to my landlord they denied it. Is that against the law to deny an ESA because of a no pet policy in VA?
If your landlord is subject to the federal Fair Housing Act (most who rent 4 or more units are), or any of a few other less-extensive state or federal laws, he/she is required to allow ESAs. The situation you describe indicates you are protected by those laws. I suggest contacting (1) the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), or (2) a state agency or local nonprofit that helps people with disabilities in housing situations, or (3) an attorney with an animal law or disability law practice, to help you. Any of those should be able to provide guidance. Good luck!
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