What if my ESA letter is rejected?

If your emotional support animal letter is not accepted by your landlord or apartment complex, you have a variety of options before submitting a complaint to HUD. First, ask the landlord if there is anything else that they need in order to accommodate your ESA request. If so, reach out to me to follow up on any extra steps I may need to complete to help facilitate the process. Sometimes landlords have certain forms they want signed by the me as the Licensed Mental Health Provider (LMHP). Sometimes they want to call and talk to me, or they may want an email confirmation that I am an LMHP and wrote the letter. A landlord also use a third party verification system. Either way, reach back out to me as needed so that I can assist with the full process for your ESA or Service Animal needs.

If the landlord still does not accept your ESA or PSA request, ask them to send you something in writing stating the reason for rejection so that the issue can be resolved. Occasionally, I may need to write a second letter as a response to landlord when the request is not approved. I always keep in mind the parameters that landlords are limited to requesting in order to protect your Protected Health Information (PHI) based on HIPAA federal law. If a landlord asks for information that extends beyond the type of information that they are allowed to ask, I gently remind them of what I can and cannot share, with documentation from HUD that outlines what should be included in an accommodation letter for an ESA or PSA.

If your landlord still rejects your accommodation request after multiple attempts to resolve the issue, the following are some Texas tenant resources from the Texas State Law Library. This resource may be able to provide legal advice that I may not be aware of. After you have exhausted your resources, and you end up wanting to file a complaint with HUD, by doing so at the HUD Form 903 Online Complaint link.

Start the process for your ESA letter or Service Dog Letter at Emotional Support Animals of Texas, LLC