ESA stands for Emotional Support Animal. This designation is different than Service Animals. Recently, I read about ESA's. First, these animals are Federally Fair Housing Protected. I was grateful to see such language. In my new career in Real Estate, I was hard pressed to get a clear understanding of the multitude of clauses aimed at keeping animals out of rented spaces. DeFlea was new to me. I never really knew that could be proven as effectively performed upon departing a lease.
As an alternative medicine doctor, I am also aware that people who need help with PTSD or anxiety really have very few options in the case of a "panic" attack. Even if you are steadfast in scheduling treatments for acupuncture, or time with your therapist, backup medications, supplements, etc don't always work. I consider what options are out there and we see the addiction themes arise.
This ESA Federal Fair Housing status for any kind or size of animal is to be written once a year by a psychiatrist or other mental health provider, not just your primary care doctor. This is another good idea because it demonstrates the lengths a client will go to in order to stay off addictive medication or just use the medication sparingly.
As a realtor who is trying to rent, I have had some funny situations come up. Renting to a couple with a malamute that they were going to give to their daughter as she just got married, only to find out the day after they move into their year long lease, the landlord used a PM firm and the landlord lives on the other side of the fence. Since I suggested language in the lease application of pets crated during the day, and other ideas that were shot down by the applicants, I assume the Malamute will go to the daughter.
Some situations I see in real estate make me happy like when I call the listing agent and ask if my client can apply with 2 older German Shephards and the listing agent tells me Yes. I love seeing these new ways of treating our animals in this country. Recently, Oregan State Law recognizes Animals as Sentient Beings because they can feel empathy, pain and suffering thus offering animals greater protections from their abusers.
We are really moving forward in real estate language understanding that an older dog might be better or more desirable to a landlord than 4 kids on wearing out a stairwell. I am proud to be a part of the NAR and a health care worker. Imagine if we treat everyone as special?