Do you have the right to take an Emotional Support animal even if there is no pet policy?

Legal right to bring emotional support animals into public places?

Guest Post by Nellie Heaton

Animals have been our most loyal and closest companion for centuries. As such, it’s not uncommon to see people with disability take assistance of pet animals. However, now we have come to witness more and more people suffering from different emotional conditions taking in pet animals for support.

Pets like dogs and cats are known to support the psychological and emotional needs of us humans. Hence, we’ve come to rely on them as Emotional Support Animals.

Just like service animals, emotional support animals are also different from traditional pets. Therefore, if you are pondering over the thought of bringing home an emotional support animal and your building has a no pet policy, here’s what you need to know.

emotional support animals in public
What are your legal rights when it comes to emotional support animals in public and at work?

An Overview about Emotional Support animal

If someone is psychologically traumatized, an emotional support animal could comfort the person or aid in keeping them tranquil in public. These animals are allowed at public places with people having special needs. The federal law exempts the restriction of these pets and allows them to stay with the owner for mental and physical support.

According to the medical professionals, support animals brilliantly help individuals exhibiting mental or physical disability. A person could be deaf, blind, or without a limb, and can manage the routine tasks with a personal assistant.

Enlightening the Right

If someone has a mental disability, the law consents that person to take the services of certain emotional support animal, as clarified by the federal government. They are allowed in the rented societies that strictly emphasize on no pets policies.  No matter what the provisions are regarding petting an animal at a particular housing; one can keep an ESA by fulfilling some legal formalities.

Legal right to bring emotional support animals into public places?
Do you have the legal right to take an emotional support animal into public spaces such as your workplace?

Qualifying the Federal Laws

Qualifying criteria for housing a pet in a building with no pet policy is having an inability, which is listed in the law. The landlord must be aware of the disability of the individual. Apart from this, the landlord should waive their no pet policies considering it as an exception.

The disabilities include learning complications, inability to interpret, mental disorder, and other similar impediments. Also, a person who does not possess the ability to perform essential activities alone also qualifies for an ESA. These activities involve working, walking, moving, and related concerns.

Relinquishing the No Pets Rule

Whenever a person needs an emotional support animal, one must request a waiver regarding the no pet policy from the landowner. This is perhaps the explanation regarding the exemption of the rules and regulations that prohibit petting an animal in the housing societies or individual homes.

One needs to prove that pet as a companion can lessen the depressing consequences of the illness. A medical practitioner’s note would be sufficient in detailing the requirement. You should ensure that the disease or incapability is listed in the federal laws that permit a patient to keep an emotional support animal with them.


One can turn towards the legal rights that allow petting of an animal to support a disabled person. If in any case, the landlord doesn’t approve the petting of the mammal, it is crucial to contact a lawyer having adequate experience of handling similar cases.

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