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How do I write a letter requesting an accommodation for my ESA?

These are basic templates that someone might use as a guidance for writing to his or her landlord requesting an exception to "no pets" rules to accommodate an emotional support animal. Please feel free to use and change these samples to suit your own needs.

The first sample is for a person already living in a rental unit and wanting to get a new emotional support animal. The second sample is for someone who already has an emotional support animal and is wanting to acquire a new rental unit.

Existing landlord, new ESA

May 26, 2008

Adelaide Bonfamille, Building Manager
231 Main Street
Dallas, TX 03909

Dear Mrs. Bonfamille:

I am a tenant at 231 Main Street in unit #363. I have a psychiatric disability that hinders my ability to live alone. Although the rules say that there is a 'no pets' policy, my doctor has prescribed an emotional support animal to ensure my emotional well being. I am therefore requesting a reasonable accommodation under the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. 3601, et seq.).

I have attached verification from my psychiatrist of my disability and the functional limitations I experience, as well as my doctor's prescription for an emotional support animal to help me compensate for my disability.

As my doctor's letter states, because of my disability, I am unable to sleep, stop shaking, socialize, hold a job or care for myself because of my severe anxiety. I am asking that you modify your existing pet rules to permit me to have an emotional support animal as recommended by my doctor. The presence of a companion animal would help me greatly in living through the troubles that I face every day by providing needed companionship, emotional support and a reason for living.

Please send your reply in writing about this request for accommodation within ten business days or by June 9th. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to receiving your reply.

Sincerely,
Norville Rogers

Existing ESA, new landlord

May 26, 2008

Adelaide Bonfamille, Building Manager
231 Main Street
Dallas, TX 03909

Dear Mrs. Bonfamille:

I am applying to become a tenant at 231 Main Street in unit #363. I have a psychiatric disability that hinders my ability to live alone. Although the rules say that there is a 'no pets' policy, my doctor has prescribed an emotional support animal to ensure my emotional well being. I am therefore requesting a reasonable accommodation under the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. 3601, et seq.).

I have attached verification from my psychiatrist of my disability and the functional limitations I experience, as well as my doctor's prescription for an emotional support animal to help me compensate for my disability. I have also included references attesting to my emotional support animal's good behavior, and a pet resume.

As my doctor's letter states, because of my disability, I am unable to sleep, stop shaking, socialize, hold a job or care for myself because of my severe anxiety. I am asking that you modify your existing pet rules to permit me to keep my emotional support animal, Scooby, as recommended by my doctor. The presence of a companion animal would help me greatly in living through the troubles that I face every day by providing needed companionship, emotional support and a reason for living.

Please send your reply in writing about this request for accommodation within ten business days or by June 9th. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to receiving your reply.

Sincerely,
Norville Rogers