If my doctor writesa prescription, what is the best way to go about getting an emotional support animal?

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If my doctor writesa prescription, what is the best way to go about getting an emotional support animal?

I have MS and this affects my ability to walk for long distances (longer than 10 minutes) due to a form of chronic pain as well as depression and adjustment issues from my diagnosis. I live in a 4 unit apartment building that does not allow pets. Are there any breed restrictions provided the dog has a documented gentle temperament? I know that I do not have to tell the landlord that I have an ESA if I am looking for an apartment. Do I just get the scrip and bring the dog home? On what grounds can he fight it if the dog has a documented gentle temperament and I have the scrip stating I need it?

Asked on November 26, 2011 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Your landlord can choose to not allow you to live there with an animal because it is private property and the private owner can choose to exclude you if he or she does not wish to have animals live in the apartment. Your best bet is to find a local support group in your area (hosptals are a great place to start) and then begin asking the same questions to local legal aid or disability rights foundations that have strong legal support behind them to give you the ins and outs.


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