Understanding the Fair Housing Act for Emotional Support Animals

April 19, 2024

for you as an ESA owner.
Key Takeaways:

The FHA protects the housing rights of individuals with disabilities, including ESA owners.
Only animals that qualify as ESAs under specific criteria are covered by the FHA.
An ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional is required to establish an animal as an ESA.
ESAs owners have specific rights and housing providers have specific responsibilities under the FHA.
Understanding the FHA and its relationship with ESAs is crucial for ESA owners to protect their rights under this law.

What is the Fair Housing Act?

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against individuals based on certain protected characteristics, including race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status. The act includes provisions for ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal access to housing, including accommodation