To "BeKinder" but your mental illness doesn't cause you to die.The problem is that too many people use the ESA as an excuse for getting
a pet in an apartment or to take them into a grocery store. How do
you explain the sudden increase in ESAs?
To “RedShirtCalTech” there are many ways to better this situation.
For instance, having those with ESA’s, service animals, therapy dogs, sit
far away from those with allergies, or chose an airline that doesn’t allow
animals. I truly understand that this problem exists however, why is it anymore
fair that just because your son has allergies and I have a mental disability
that I should be accommodating to you? I’m not trying to downplay allergic
reactions by any means, but most people who truly need a animal to assist them
in everyday life (not the ones doing it for lesser rent n such) they take care
of their animals. I’m allergic to cigarette smoke but you won’t see
me flagging the flight attendant down kicking someone off the plane for smelling
like smoke. I think what most of you need to realize is that the world
doesn’t revolve around you and there are indeed other people with needs
that need to be met whether you like it or not.
To "BeKinder" and what am I supposed to do when you bring your ESA onto
a flight with my child that is severely allergic to animals? I can't
"just walk away" at that point.In instances like that, what
am I supposed to do?
I have a dog. Do I classify him as a EPA? No but he does make me happy. I have
arthritis and have come close to falling. My dog was there to make sure I kept
my balance going up the stairs which we only have two at three of our entries.
Do I consider him an SA? No. The only time I take him out on the bus is to take
him to the vets and it's one way - we walk home afterwards. We are trying
to get him trained to be a service animal but because he's a senior (7
years old) he might be too old. My husband was approved for a service animal
while we were renting never got one. Right now we are talking about buying a
rental property. I tell him will we charge extra per child and not extra for
dogs or cats. There is a dog that would ride on UTA quite often. It's owner
was claiming it was a service dog not sold on it because as soon as it got on
the train it ran right to the person in a wheelchair without being called. He
knew she had a treat for him. Last summer while waiting for an Amtrak train
there was a young man with a dog and he was even trying to tell everyone it was
a service animal. No she wasn't. She was hyper and didn't follow the
simplest commands. Not allowed on train.
For all those saying their afraid of animals/claim they are unsanitary and
asking what your rights are, WALK AWAY! Problem solved :)
As I watch my children gain so much comfort by using their pacifiers, suddenly I
realized that’s a wonderful inexpensive solution! Instead of an ESA, just
use a pacifier! Then everyone can be happy. Pacifiers help with anxiety and
Think what you will but my ESA doesn’t judge or think it’s better
than anyone. All he does is spread love and happiness, something you ignorant
and judge mental folks are really bad at. My ESA is more well trained than most
of you and you’re offspring.
People, STOP shaming those who actually NEED an emotional support animal. I
suffer with anxiety and depression and my ESA has alleviated so much anxiety. He
literally brings me joy each and every day. I can’t imagine life without
him. I truly need my ESA and because of those people taking advantage of the
system, it makes those who truly need one look like criminals. This has to stop
and the landlords need to validate these phony letters. I got my letter from a
doctor I had been seeing for quite some time and still see. I may look fine on
the outside but I’m not on the inside most days. I just hope these
criminals taking advantage of the system are punished, but those individuals who
legitimately need an ESA, their lives are not made harder by these criminals.
As a physician I refuse to do paperwork for support animals. It is not that I
don’t see a need for some animals or think they can be beneficial in some
cases. It is that it is impossible in most cases to verify or validate what you
are being told. How do I quantify such a thing? How do I know if I am being
told the truth. I picture myself in a deposition being asked these questions and
if I can’t make a cogent argument then I decline
"I overheard them tell the lady next to them that they had to fly with their
animal."That is what Valium is for.
I have an autistic daughter who has an emotional support cat...who stays
downstairs. Our Daughter is learning how to handle life. Her pet just supports
her. However our son is also so allergic to cats +100/0.34 allergy and is also
22/0.34 allergy threshold for dogs that it’s a nightmare. As a family
with this problem it’s difficult but a choice. Keep our Autistic daughter
safe or keep our son’s lungs working. Roommates, public places, planes,
etc should be safe for those with allergies, too.Landlords should legally
be able to charge any animal in their building more because pets stink, make
messes and are often destructive. EVERYONES rights should be respected. Have
animal friendly, higher cost areas, and animal free living areas at less cost.
No special treatment on either side.
Flying to Florida recently for a cruise there were 2 women with their
"support " animals on board, I overheard them tell the lady next to
them that they had to fly with their animal. When asked if they were taking them
on the cruise as well, one answered "no, we're boarding them for the
week! " I choked on my pretzels! So, you're ok for the week as long as
you're on a cruise ship, but let's inconvenience 200 passengers on a
plane! They yapped the whole time.
After reading some of these comments, there seems to be a lot of
mis-information regarding service animals. et al ..... First an
"emotional support" animal is NOT allowed in restaurants and
grocery stores. Only trained Service animals are allowed.
I fully understand the need of emotional support from animals. I have several
family members who are soothed and up-lifted by cuddling with a cat or petting a
dog. We never taken them grocery shopping. And I'm not saying that people
who do are completely out of line.However, when I hear of someone
taking their Emotional Support Aligator to the store, then I begin to seriously
question the system.I guess we are always in search of some sort of
middle ground. We want people's needs to be met and we also want people to
develop some resilience to life. I have no problem giving a hug or getting one,
but I also recognize that I cannot hid under my bed for the rest of my life.
People are always going to abuse the system. Those are the ones
who need to be "punished". Rather than Making things more
difficult for those with legitimate needs.
At the Smith's store where I shop I have seen several men and women bring
in their pets and claim they are "needed". In a couple of these cases
their dogs were on leashes, but going to the food isles and coolers to sniff the
food. They were obviously untrained animals, and I was so upset that I
complained to the store management. I was told that there was nothing they
could do about it because of the laws. So my question is: is it important to
protect and maintain the sanitary conditions of the store, or do the
"emotional needs" of some very selfish people out weigh the needs of the
rest of us? I would say the same thing about pets in restaurants.
By federal law no merchant is allowed to ask any questions. The personal
doesn’t have to show any proof of anything to anybody that they have a
service animal. My service dog is trained an still in training after over
5000.00 invested in it with different training courses that meets certification
standards. There must be standards met to certify service animals, not
just because a owner of the animal says so. If there is a federal standard to be
met then merchants won’t be so hard on the animal or owner because there
is proof of formal service training that will protect the service owners as well
as general public
I am terrified of dogs. What rights do I have?
An emotional pet may help the person but the animal doesn’t have to be
trained for anything obedience potty trained an general good manners. I
have a mobility service animal that’s trained an certified will always
display good manners in public an be there for me if needs arise not like an
emotional therapy animal that can behave anyway it wants in public which can be
a nuisense to the general public. My option is no matter wat kind of service
animal it is there must be rules an regulations to be followed
OK folks. She and her boyfriend broke up? Her job is stressful? Welcome to
adulthood. Get a life and stop with the animal thing. I go crazy when a
"service animal" is coddled while the "in need" person is
driving a vehicle, moreover And what's with these animals in the fruit and
veggie section at the grocery store? Oh no!! Now she is offended by my
comments. Whatever shall I do? I need a service stuffed animal.
I hate when patients come in and they refuse medications that have worked
because they don’t like them or just don’t want them, or don’t
even want to try medicines. Then they will request the ESA letter. This is
selfish. They want treatment, or again mostly just to have a pet and avoid a
deposit, that adversely affects others and are unwilling to take it on
themselves because they don’t care about others.This is
usually pure selfishness plain and simple, even from those who do receive some
benefit from the ESA.
Way to abused! I personally know of multiple instances where these people are
getting doctors notes to avoid a pet deposit, pet rent, ect... And then not
taking care of the animals or ignoring people forced into the situation like
students in housing. These letters should only be approved by Utah physicians
after multiple counseling sessions and other attempts. As well their should be
breed and species restrictions. There's no reason for a German Shepherd,
guinea pig, peacock or mouse to be a support animal. On a side note, anxiety
from school/work should not be a valid reason for a support animal. By all means
have the animal and use it for assistance at home but you don't need
state/legal protection for that... Come on.
When I was going through radiation therapy during my cancer treatment, l was
miserable. My companion cat would lie beside me with her paw on my hand. I
remember her concern for me still today, even though it was many years ago and
she has sadly passed away.
There is a ton of mental health shaming going on in these comments. I agree
there is a problem with people who abuse the system/guidelines. I also think
online letters should be invalidated. A letter from a local physician who can
confirm the legitimate need (severe depression, anxiety, etc.) should be
required. I do not have an ESA, but I am eligible for a service dog due to PTSD
(affording one is another story). I am not surprised some people with mental
health issues turn a blind eye to the rules—I'm not saying it's
okay. I am saying it's hard enough to get the proper help for mental health
issues, and when we find solutions that work (like an ESA) instead of a
supportive community we get backlash.
@commenter44 - This is the exact thing my daughter is dealing with. Her and her
roommates have had to totally go along with the one very excited roommate who is
bragging to them that their landlord can't evict her, etc. Thankfully, my
daughter has reached out to him privately, and he has reassured her that once
this roommate shows him her correct paperwork, he will speak to my daughter
about her and all of the roommate's concerns. Something is very, VERY
wrong when we place more value on an animal and one tennant than the other human
tennants who live in the place they are paying money to live in.
I have a note from my medical provider explaining that I have multiple pet
allergies and phobias, including cats, dog, mice, rabbits, birds, snakes,
hedgehogs, rats, mini pigs, ferrets, etc. Basically, anything with fur or
scales. These are as easy to get as an ESA registration.This means
the ESA passenger has to relocate to another part of the plane or change
flights, even if they board before me and yes, this includes 1st class.I have never sneezed or gotten ill again on a flight...
Now, if I can just get on the plane, or in the restaurant, with my Burmese
python and troupe of howler monkeys.
For apartment complexes not allowing pets, one suggestion could be to partner
with local humane & animal welfare societies to set up a petting zoo on the
premises. This could either be a permanent setup for larger complexes, or a
traveling zoo which would periodically visit several smaller complexes. This
would give tenants (seniors, families with children, or those of all ages)
regular opportunities to interact with the animals, as well as volunteering in
various capacities to help operate the zoo.
The big problem in our community is when the person wanting the ESA is living in
student housing with other single unrelated tenants. Some single student
housing apartments have three bedrooms and 6 tenants. When a single student
wants to live with their ESA they never seem to care about the other 5
roommates. The other 5 may not want to live with an animal. What about the one
person who shares the same bedroom? Look at the size of the dog in the picture
with this article. The person with the ESA letter from their doctors/therapist
is considered handicapped or disabled and has "rights". The other 5 do
not have any "rights" so they just have to put up with it. The person
with the ESA animal always seems to just care about themselves and not the
others. It usually leads to huge roommate problems. This seems to be counter
productive to the the health of the person with depression or anxiety. It seems
like there needs to be a change in how this works.
It seems like one way to combat the fraud problem would be a law saying that the
"prescription" come from a local doctor. A Utah landlord should be
presented with a letter coming from a Utah doctor. It won't stop all
fraud, but at least it may be an indication that the person has actually seen
the doctor.Go one step further and require the doctor's state
license number to be on the form -- similar to the way a doctor has his/her
license number on the prescription pad for medications. Then there could be
some mechanism available for verification.
My daughter has intractable epilepsy. I paid almost $20,000 to have a dog
trained to help her. It sure would have saved me a lot of money to just call it
an emotional support animal. I completely support the need for ESA animals but
for someone who chose to follow the rules and be responsible for it, this really
makes me angry.
I have been involved in property management for years, and ESAs have become out
of control. Legally we can’t charge more rent or deposit for the pets, and
multiple times, the damage these pets cause, exceeds the deposit and the owner
is stuck with the bill to replace carpet, walls, furniture etc. The other big
problem I see here in Utah, is in college apartments, with multiple roommates.
Roommates have no say if they want to have a pet in their living space. The
situation that really gets me, is if there is a roommate with a severe pet
allergy, and someone moves in with an ESA, the ESA takes priority and the
roommate with allergies has to move out or deal with it. This is a broken system
and laws need to change to protect those that truly need an emotional support
animal, and owners of these apartments that are taking huge hits due to
Owners of LEGITIMATE service animals are among those leading the efforts to
change idiotic laws and regulations regarding "emotional support"
animals.They have experienced serious challenges to their animals
because of owners of "emotional support" pets.
“It’s like a movie theater that puts up a sign: 'Don’t
bring candy in.' People do it because it saves them
money.”Nuh-uh! I (want to) do it because there are few
healthy choices at the movie theater.
Humor or a good idea ? Have specially large, outfitted doghouse apartments where
the dog's humans can also live . Or build apartments especially suited for
animals; maybe there is a real market Then regular apartments can disallow pets
. Service animals should require a special license showing that they are
trained; and the license should be carried by the owner whenever using
"service animal" privileges.
Would it be possible for members of our society to develop more resilience? Resilience could include thinking about the concerns of other people
who a) can't cure your trauma/dysfunction/syndrome and perhaps have some of
their own; and b) who don't want to sit on a long flight next to your dog
that pants, drools, and everything else. I mean, really people,
could we all just buckle down and get on with life without having to turn
everything into drama that involves imposing on everyone else?
This article was insightful. From going to the store or restaurants, I would
have thought comfort animals were legal anywhere. If you have such
anxiety where you can't sit in a restaurant or get your groceries without
an animal, I have a suggestion: order takeout and order groceries online with
pickup. Don't destroy people's empathy and goodwill toward those who
have a real need for them.
I live in an apartment building for seniors. Some have little dogs that are
well trained. They are a delight We have some new people who moved in with
medium sized dogs that are very noisy and one has come after some of the
residents. We had one lady with a very large dog and it came after me (I am
unable to walk without assistance). She had it on a very long leash which is
against the rules, but fortunately I was far enough back that he wasn't
able to reach me. I grew up with animals and was never afraid of them. Now I
am. The large dog knocked several people down and it took months and court to
get her out. If we have to use legislation to get it done I believe it should
be necessary for these animals to have obedience training so we can all live in
I like most critters. Will have to see if I can take my emotional support
wookie or gorilla on the plane, without paying for extra seat!! ...soo
1. ESA are not allowed in restaurants and grocery stores. 2. There is
clearly a need that is not getting filled. A large percentage of our population
are now living in apartments or other rentals and living in these places makes
it very difficult to own a pet. If you want to make the rent higher to have
pets, fine. Some pets, depending on the pet owner level of care, can become
destructive. Perhaps we need to establish some kind of qualification standard
of care and training for certain types of pets that landlords can require in
order to allow pets. But however we do it, the reality is that the emotional
connection to other living things is necessary and the more people move around,
the more time they spend working , and the less time they spend developing
community the more pets are filling a need that used to be filled by family,
neighbors, and other community groups. 3. There is a cost for the
community when we do not allow people the connections they need to be
emotionally stable, in hospitals, in policing, in community disturbance. 4.I couldn't FIND a place I could have a pet. So, I bought a house.
I'm lucky. It was an option for me.
I have really strong feelings about this.For those who truly do Need
them and have conditions that those animals can actually help, they are a
godsend.For people who do NOT need them and have Hijacked this whole
thing--using the animals as a device To garner Attention to themselves, I am
severely critical.This second type make it much more difficult for
the Legitimate first type to have their animals accommodated and to have them
taken seriously. The the needy Attention-seekers have given the whole idea a
very bad name with many people, businesses, organizations, airlines etc.
I witnessed a person's comfort dog go poop in the middle of Super Walmart.
And leave it. I went to the service desk and complained. The manager (at the
time) said there was nothing they can do about it, they just have to trust
people are being honest concerning their "comfort animals". However, I
have noticed recently, they have signs on the doors requiring proof that they
are using true comfort animals.
I can imagine the credible claims to a "Seeing Eye dog"; but all other
claims to "emotional support animal" are just based on foo-foo
pseudoscience. They should all be eliminated immediately. You
don't need an emotional support animal any more than you need an "aura
protector" or a "spirit voice interpreter". Grow up and get
on with your life.
I also am tired of seeing so-called emotional support animals in many public
places where I shop, dine, etc.OK, so please advise...the next time I have
an ESA (on a plane, in a shopping cart, at a restaurant table) next to me and I
want to change the situation, just what are my rights? What can I do?
rkr1-You claim that landlords increase rents and deposits for pets simply
because they want more money, but that is not the case.Any business,
including landlording, is about mitigating risks. Landlords charge security
deposits to tenants in general so that if the tenant trashes the place, or
refuses to pay rent, or any other thing that would otherwise cause the landlord
to loose money, there is at least a small recourse to help recoup some of the
loss.With pets, it's the same thing. Pets create an increased risk.
If a pet is not well trained and bites a tenant in another apartment, guess
who's liable? If a pet gets worms and a kid from another apartment gets
them from the pet's poop, guess who's liable? If the pet is
considered a nuisance for any number of reasons, and other tenants refuse to pay
rent/move out, etc, because of it, guess who has to foot the bill? If the
pet is not as well trained as claimed and damages the apartment. Pets require
extra cleaning after vacating. and the list goes on.Pets don't effect
one apartment only, and their effect can be felt after they leave. Landlords
expect those with pets to pay for that, it's called responsibility.
Go ahead and get your "papers" online. Just don't complain about
the price of rent skyrocketing.When landlords lose the ability to choose
their tenants and have to accept the first person who hands them a doctors note,
and they lose their ability to charge pet deposits and such, they will simply
build that into the cost of rent and everybody will pay the same. Even people
who manage to function without their pets. Please understand I have a
history of anxiety and extreme depression. But as a former landlord, I have no
tolerance for this. I have found a way to get through life without making other
people pay for it. My property was thoroughly trashed by two dogs who
weren't supposed to be there who were "such nice doggies". Yeah,
hon. They all are. Never have heard a bad pet owner refer to their pet as a
problem. Never once.
My daughter, who has worked very hard to earn her way into college, just moved
out in January to transfer from SLCC to Weber State. At 20, she's been
excited to meeting new people and friends enjoying the college experience with
roommates. One of her 3 roommates sleeps all day, nannys for a friend somehow,
and demands her roommates to do all clean up/chores, and park on the side walk
(rather than driveway) because of her anxiety/depression and inability to scrape
snow off her car. Her latest is now that she MUST have an emotional support
animal. My daughter told her that she will clean their bathroom and do a lot of
her chores. My daughter is very concerned if this roommate can't take care
of herself and is used to dumping her responsibilities on everyone else, how
will she be able to take care of the dog? We have advised her to discuss with
her landlord about letting her have the option to move out, because she moved in
thinking this would be a pet free house. She doesn't want to get dinged in
her rent when the dog messes (because her roommate won't let dog out or
won't clean up the poo). Maybe this roommate needs an ES dog, but just
don't want it on my daughter's dime.
As a Family Medicine physician who has seen many people come in asking for these
letters, I will say 95% are frauds. They want the letter just so they can have a
pet in an apartment/home that does not allow it, or charges extra and they want
to avoid the fee. Others want to take their animal on planes with them more
easily. Rarely do any of the people who ask “need” their animal for
a true mental health issue. It is truly about gaming the system. I never give a
letter. I tell them they need to see a psychiatrist who can fully evaluate them
and document a verifiable need. Letters obtained online should
automatically be discounted and invalidated. Only letters from a local medical
professional who is willing to give a sworn affidavit attesting to the need
should be given any credence.
In response to rkr1: Did you really mean to say, " As far as apartments and
landlords go, I believe they are only concerned about the money. First they want
a nonrefundable deposit, then they want a monthly rent. "? Oh my
goodness, in my days of renting, every single landlord for every single
apartment I lived in required a deposit and monthly rent. Has something changed
that I am not aware of? If so, point me toward the landlords who don't
require rent. That sounds like a better deal than my mortgage.PS--I
am just enjoying a lovely spring morning and pulling your leg a little bit.
I have to agree with other comments here. There is so much abuse of this. And if
they really need that animal then they need to consider that they can travel by
private car instead of public planes and other transportation means. Many are
allergic to these animals. It is disgusting to have to sit next to someone on a
plane in cramped space with their animal.Where are the rights of
those allergic to these animals? Isn't this akin to smoking? Not only
your smoke affects others but perhaps the noise and smell of your pet.
If the government chooses to establish policy that negatively impacts a
landlord, for example, I would think they have some responsibility to offset the
cost of such policy. An emotional support dog (not a pet by statute) was
brought into my rental unit which has a clear no pet policy. Prior to renting
to this tenant she clearly understood the "no pet policy" and it had
been pointed out that the new carpet/paint/insect extermination, etc had been
done because the prior tenant had a dog and it was impossible to get out the
odors and allergens without removing all floor coverings. Understanding my
concerns and the expense associated with such she brought her new emotional
support dog into the rental unit without any concerns because the law supported
her actions. It was extremely dishonest and deceptive and will cost me several
$1000 dollars extra when she leaves. I will also likely loose other renters in
the other half of the duplex because they will complain of bugs, noise, odors,
etc in what they understood was a pet free building. I fear her mental health
adviser will eventually conclude she needs a rooster or a peacock or perhaps a
llama to provide emotional support.
If one cannot buy groceries or eat in a restaurant without their pet, there are
deeper problems. It is also cheaper to claim emotional support animal status
than to place Fido in a kennel while you are on vacation.
If you truly have a need, get a service animal that is properly trained.
Otherwise, leave your dogs, cats, rats and any others home. It is disgusting to
have them in restaurants, grocery stores, airplanes and everywhere else where
quarters are tight, and food is sold or eaten. Fido is annoying to most people
you will come in contact with, and unsanitary to boot.
A lot of us are uncomfortable around dogs we don't know. What about the
emotional health of the rest of us who are forced to be around dogs in public
establishments? Not everyone loves your 'pookie bear' as much as you
Am I the only one asking why do so many need emotional support animals? What is
going in these people's lives that they can't cope emotionally without
some sort of pet to comfort them?
All dogs are emotional support animals, but most of them are just freelancing.
I am a vet who visits the Salt Lake VA quite often. There you see people with a
real and honest need for a service animal that has been trained and paired with
the person in need of that animal. And it works really well. But the animals are
trained. Then you see all too often the people who come in with an
untrained animal. These pee and poop wherever and on anything, often bark and
try to fight with REAL service animals and other people, leaving much more than
just a mess to clean up by our overworked housekeeping units. The VA police is
pretty good in dealing with such people and their "service" animals.
But, people take advantage of the rules that are there to protect everyone and
these untrained animals and their owners threaten the health and well being of
others. And, is it really necessary to have dogs or cats in a
restaurant or store? People can be bad enough sometimes, but add an untrained
and uncertified animal to the list and health problems are elevated to risky to
those around them.
There's no such thing as an "Emotional Support Animal"
prescription. Under the regulations of the ADA, ES animals don't count as
service animals. A service animal is one that does tasks that typically are
difficult for the handler, and currently only dogs can be used as SA's.
It’s kind of like the boy who cried wolf. We’ve all seen dogs with
vests that bark or nip at others. Those obviously haven’t been trained.
So, the rest of us have been trained to think everyone is a fraud.
Seeing-eye dogs for the blind -- that I can understand and support, in
restaurants, airplanes, and so forth.Almost anything else? Sad.
I believe if you have a medical condition that qualify to get an emotional
support animal then it is easy. Yes i am not saying that people do not do fraud,
they are there but then again the people who legitimately require emotional
support need not suffer because of them. I for say got my esa letter through
telemedicine. Theres this site myesadoctor and i got the letter pretty easily
because i suffer from anxiety. I cannot live without my dog at all. And life has
definitely changed since my terrier arrived. Great article though. Keep up the
If a person is so emotionally unstable they need their "emotional support
pet" to go everywhere with them perhaps they need to stay local until they
feel better. Especially on planes that are not suited for the emotional needs
of those amongst us that are not mentally stable. A plane is a
long, cramped cylinder that hurtles through the air at 300-500 mph. It is
crammed with people who are already tense from the horrible airport and airline
experience. Add to that an unstable person with their pet dog, cat, bird,
snake, rabbit of gosh knows what else keeps them calm and it is nothing but a
recipe for disaster......
I have seen how support animals can help with many physical issues. I also
believe a doctor prescription should be done by a local physician not online.
As far as apartments and landlords go, I believe they are only concerned about
the money. First they want a nonrefundable deposit, then they want a monthly
rent. This is rediculous. They don't charge a per tenant fee. I probably
shouldn't say that, they might start doing that too.
Cowboy up. Animals Will make a mess. You really want to rent an apartment that
don't allow pets. When I needed to rent a place, it was easier to find
places that allowed pets but no children.
We gotta go after doctors if we are going to stop it. People these days are so
annoying with their chihuahuas walking around the grocery store. It also seems
unfair that people get the doctor letter and don’t have to pay extra to
have the pet. The doctor note should let you have the animal, not avoid payment.
I’m sure we all know some “needy” person who gets one of the
animals and then doesn’t train them and they wreak havoc all around them.
Yes, it's far too easy and way too many tenants are doing it. They are
even advertising it on the internet... I think I saw an ad for $22 guaranteed
certification.The Landlords are getting killed. I love dogs, but a
dog is a dog and they are very hard on carpet, paint, lingering smells that
leave allergy issues, scratches on furniture and tables, and the list goes on.
Then, Landlords are expected to clean up the mess when they move out and many
times have to eat the expense for it. It will eventually push rental prices
higher and higher and those without an animal will get stuck with the bill.I see the legitimate need of a well trained service animal but an ESA is
no "well trained service animal" by any stretch. Often times they are
worse than non ESA animals.At some point tenants will get tired of
the high rents and deposits and be able to trace it back to the cause. Then,
between these angry renters and the Landlords who are stuck with the repairs and
remodels will band together and test this part of the ADA law in court. Then,
hopefully the Judges responsible for ruling on this test will be Landlords
themselves and hand down a realistic definition of what a real ESA is.
People are allergic to animals, like cats, dogs and other animals people pass
off as "service animals". It's one thing to be in a place you can
avoid the proximity of the animal, but another story to be on a plane with an
animal that creates an allergic reaction.Granted I don't know
the emotional issues people have, and I'd be more sensitive if it was a
rare occurrence signifying a real need, but I'm tired of seeing people
carry their dog or cat into restaurants, grocery stores and planes like they are
some sort of monarch who doesn't care how the rest of us feel about their
animal in a place society says it does not belong.