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What should a letter from my doctor about my disability say to my landlord?

This is a sample Letter to share with your doctor as an example of the letter needed from a physician for housing. It should be on the doctor's letterhead and dated less than a year previous to it's submission to the landlord. Choose the format appropriate for your need, either ESA, or SD below.

It is YOUR choice whether to reveal the specific diagnosis or nature of your disability. However, the landlord has a right to request information about how this accommodation will mitigate your disability. In the case of a service dog, it would be similar to the task question that can be asked in public accommodations. Simply modify the sample as needed to suit your individual needs.


for an ESA

[date]

Dear [Housing Authority/Landlord]:

[Full Name of Tenant] is my patient, and has been under my care since [date]. I am intimately familiar with his/her history and with the functional limitations imposed by his/her disability. He/She meets the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Due to [name of disability], [first name] has certain limitations regarding [list limitations]. In order to help alleviate these difficulties, and to enhance his/her ability to live independently and to fully use and enjoy the dwelling unit you own and/or administer, I have prescribed [first name] obtain a pet or emotional support animal. The presence of this animal is necessary for the mental health of [first name] because its presence will alleviate her symptoms of [list symptoms] by [list benefits].

Sincerely,

Name of Doctor


for a service dog

[date]

Dear [Housing Authority/Landlord]:

[Full Name of Tenant] is my patient, and has been under my care since [date]. I am intimately familiar with his/her history and with the functional limitations imposed by his/her disability. He/She meets the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Due to [name of disability], [first name] has certain limitations regarding [list limitations]. In order to help alleviate these difficulties, and to enhance his/her ability to live independently and to fully use and enjoy the dwelling unit you own and/or administer, I support [first name]'s decision to obtain a service animal. A service animal will help to mitigate his/her disability and improve independence and quality of life.

Sincerely,

Name of Doctor