How to Convince A Landlord Of Having An ESA:
Talk To Your Landlord, Collect Your Documents
- Sometimes, a landlord will allow a pet/ESA as long as you ask. In many cases, they put a “No Pets” clause in the lease to keep better control over how many people in their properties have pets.
- Ideally, you’ve gotten along well with your landlord during your time renting, and you’ve paid your rent on time as well. You can draw on your current relationship with your landlord and your status as a stellar tenant to show that you’ll also be a responsible pet owner.
- Having some documentation behind you is helpful. shows your willingness to take responsibility and the seriousness of your situation
- Documentation: such as information on your prospective pet’s health history, your projected veterinarian’s information, and information on any training classes you may plan to attend with your animal, can strengthen your case.
- Giving your new landlord some extra documentation can help alleviate fears that your pet will tear up or destroy the property and disturb other renters. Provide additional convincing documents for ESAs like: Excerpt from the European Union Disability Act or the definition of an Emotional Support Animal and more detailed information on the benefits to humans. A letter from your current landlord speaking to how well-behaved and non-disruptive your pet is. Vet records, including records from vaccinations and checkups. Depending on the species – records from any training or obedience classes your pet has taken, spay or neuter records, …
- Most landlords realize that great tenants, those who need their rent on time, don’t have significant conflicts with other tenants, and are otherwise a positive contribution to the rental community are hard to find and will bend the rules a bit to keep you around.
- Ask the landlord to meet your ESA or to show him a photo of your ESA.
- Show your commitment
- Proactively ask to bring up a pet deposit in case of damage
- Provide proof of pet liability coverage in your rental insurance policy
- Ask for further necessary steps to get permission
Sample Letter: Requesting Permission to Have a Pet
(Current Address of Your Apartment, Unit #)
(City, State, Zip Code)
(Landlord or Apartment Company’s Name)
(Address as Printed on Your Lease)
(City, State, Zip Code)
Re: Permission to have a pet in my apartment
Dear (Name of landlord or manager),
I am writing to you today to contact you about an important issue. For medical reasons, I have an animal (insert animal). He/she is an ESA /Emotional Support Animal) It is prescribed by a (insert professional). It has official status as an ESA.
ESAs are globally recognized medical tools for people with mental health diagnoses who respond to animals.
I would like to make an appointment to provide the appropriate verification and discuss the conditions you have to qualify me as the owner of an ESA. If necessary, I would be happy to provide appropriate additional documentation, such as from the European Union Disability Act or the definition of an Emotional Support Animal and more detailed information on the benefits to humans. A letter from your current landlord speaking to how well-behaved and non-disruptive your pet is. Vet records, including records from vaccinations and checkups. Depending on the species – records from any training or obedience classes your pet has taken, spay or neuter records
I am happy to discuss any conditions or requirements you may have for my ESA to be accepted, as well as sign an appropriate agreement highlighting any limitations you may have regarding the ESA.
As I need my pet close to me to cope well with everyday life it is very important to me that the pet is kept in a species appropriate manner, clean and healthy. The animal is properly cared for, and no neighbors disturb. The animal (insert animal) is insured, I am liable for it.
I appreciate your willingness to discuss this issue with me. Please call (at/email) at (insert phone or email, depending on your preference for communication) so we can schedule a time to talk.
(Your Name and Signature)
(Phone or Email Address)