Sample Letter Requesting Reasonable Accommodation

These are basic templates that someone might use as 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 wants to rent a new place.


Existing Landlord, New ESA

[Date]

[Manager First Name, Last Name], [Building Manager or Landlord]
[Street #, Street]
[City, State, Zip]

Dear [Mr,Ms,Mrs, Last Name]

I am a tenant at [Address]. I have a [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 [Type of Doctor] 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 [Symptoms] because of my severe [Disability]. 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 [Date]. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to receiving your reply.

Sincerely,
[First Name, Last Name]


Existing ESA, New Landlord

[Date]

[Manager First Name, Last Name], [Building Manager or Landlord]
[Street #, Street]
[City, State, Zip]

Dear [Mr,Ms,Mrs, Last Name]

I am applying to become a tenant at [Address]. I have a [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 [Type of Doctor] 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 [Symptoms] because of my severe [Disability]. I am asking that you modify your existing pet rules to permit me to keep my emotional support animal, [ESA Animal Name], 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 [Date]. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to receiving your reply.

Sincerely,
[First Name, Last Name]

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