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Old 04-07-2014, 01:15 AM
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I have just registered my Old English Sheepdog as an emotional support animal. I am in the process of looking for an apartment. I've lived in my home for 43 years and am a little leery of the problems. I've read that you cannot be rejected from renting because I have an emotional support animal. I've found an apartment I'm interested in and it specifically says no pets. My question for any apartment that I may find is "Do I tell the landlord/owner that I have an emotional support dog when I talk to him?" If he rejects me can I report him? I'm just not sure how this works. I've had dogs all my life and been in my home for a long time. I need my dog with me for definitely emotional support. I just don't know how much information I should give when I look at apartments. If they all reject me and say it's a different reason can I report them?
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:45 AM
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I hope someone reads my last post. I need information this week so I know what to tell landlords when i start looking for an apartment next week. I registered my dog and do have a note from my Dr. I've been on depression medication ever since 1999 so he is definintely an emotional support dog.
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Definitely be up-front with the landlord, though reporting him if he rejects you will be a tough business because technically he could pass by on your offer for any reason (someone else got back to him sooner, he decided not to rent the place, etc. etc. etc.). Unless you have it down in his own writing that 'Nope, I will not take you because you require a service animal', you're kind of SOL.

HOWEVER... I don't think that you should face a lot of difficulty and I have a few tips for making a pet more appealing to him:

-Service animal are generally extremely well-trained and behaved, not to mention quiet and always under supervision. Remind him subtly of these facts.

-A conscientious dog owner (and probably one requiring a dog for emotional support) will not be making a nuisance of themselves doing stuff like throwing loud parties, having 50 guests over who use the whole front curb as their parking lot, etc.

-A pet-owner is probably less-likely to move and a good candidate for a long term tenant because finding a place that takes pets is not easy.

Just make sure that he's aware of these facts, and sneakily inject them into the conversation. Make yourself seem like a great candidate precisely because you own a pet, not in spite of your pet.

That's basically how I got a new landlord to accept my 50g goldfish tank for every year of my undergrad, and fish tanks can be tougher than dogs to rent with (water damage and structural issues). It's all about how you play your cards! Good luck with your interview!
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In the US, registry is not necessary for ESAs, although there are hundreds of scummy, predatory companies that will charge you $50 for a piece of paper with your name on it and "national registry."

Be upfront with the potential landlord. Bring paperwork from a reputable source explaining what an ESA is and what the laws are regarding them (a printout of the Fair Housing Act would be a good place to start). Provide them with the actual, as-written law in the most non-confrontational way possible so they don't feel like you're trying to trap them.

Kelly, ESAs don't have public access rights and don't need to be task-trained to mitigate a disability, so as long as their behavior isn't disruptive, there is no other standard for their behavior above a normal pet's.
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Kelly, ESAs don't have public access rights and don't need to be task-trained to mitigate a disability, so as long as their behavior isn't disruptive, there is no other standard for their behavior above a normal pet's.
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True. But this generally isn't the public perception. When most people hear anything 'emotional support' or 'service' and see some sort of emblem or jacket on the dog they think of a guide dog and all the associated myths like 'He isn't allowed to play, he just works 24/7, he's a special dog, trained to hop in a car and drive his owner to the clinic in case of emergency, etc.'
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Bo is my emotional support animal. I was in a gas explosion 3 years ago and was burned over 50% of my body, I was in a coma for 6 weeks and was given a less then 5% chance of surviving. I suffer from PTSD, extreme social anxiety and mild agoraphobia. Bo has a natural empathy and instinct for calming me... he will press up against my legs and start nudging me to stroke him which will usually diffuse an oncoming panic attack, he nudges me out of sleep if I'm having a nightmare, he makes me feel safe. I am also legally disabled and have undergone several surgeries to regain the use of my hands, I have 20% use of one hand and 60% in the other hand... I would like to get Bo certified as a service dog but living on a small island off the coast of Spain there are no organizations or training facilities here.

Before I got him I rarely left my apartment and the reason I went to the shelter to get a dog was that if I couldn't go out for myself... I would do it for a dog and that would at least get me outside walking a couple of times a day. I had no idea that Bo would be the kind of dog he is and would improve my life to the extent he has. While my social life still isn't what it was... I can meet friends out for coffee, or go to a restaurant (as long as it's not crowded) I can go to the post office and bank and run errands, if I have Bo with me.

I live in Spain but all of my family live in California and I haven't been back there since the accident but I'm building up to the idea of getting on a plane and the only reason I can consider doing that is that Bo can fly with me.

I strongly ask that people who don't actually need their dog with them in order to function, not pass their dog off as an emotional support animal. It makes it much harder on those of us who do need them. Only 2 animals are allowed on a flight and you could be bumping someone off the flight who really needs their dog. It also trivializes the important function of these animals in the eyes of the general public.
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My dad is a landlord and I'm only 17, but believe me, I have been around rental properties, terrible renters, great renters, renters who were just plain nuts. Landlords, especially those who have been doing it a while, generally know the law. They've probably had to throw people out and even take them to court (as my parents have). Just because you have an emotional support dog, doesn't mean they have to rent to you. They can't turn you away *because* of your animal, but they can turn you away for a number of other reasons. They could say they don't think you can afford it (even if you can), they have another person they want to rent it too, etc. They can't say no because of your pet, if you let them know it's a registered emotional support animal. Honestly, I wouldn't even try reporting them. They could say they never said your pet wasn't the reason or whatever. What I would suggest is being open and honest. Explain what an emotional support animal is and why your dog helps you so much. Make sure they know he is potty trained (I'm assuming he is)! My parents don't allow animals either, not because they dont like them, we have tons, simply because people often do not have them potty trained, let them scratch up the walls, etc. But my parents have made exceptions when a responsible person with a good job and a good renting history would express how they could never give up their potty trained, well mannered dog. Some people have even brought their dogs to the house showing! So don't be discouraged, I'm sure you will find a good home for you and your dog!
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Hey blottie,
An ESA is allowed to live in no-pet housing and travel with their owner on the airplane. They are there to provide support to those with depression, anxiety, and other "disorders." Please only get a note from a doctor if you are truly in need!
(Im not accusing you)
I myself am eligible, because I have depression and high anxiety.
hi I have high anxiety agloriphobia ptsd to where I cant be home alone I have a live in aid and I would love some tips to train my pup to help with this as I cant afford a trainer on my budget and yes I have a drs order to have a dog 😀
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