There are federal laws, Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) which provide protection to owners of emotional support dogs.
Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) federal law supports the owner of emotional supports dogs to not fall for any discrimination against accommodations provided by the property-owner. The landowner can ask for emotional support animal letter from the therapist. An Emotional Support letter is an important document which is prescribed by a licensed psychiatric physician which will allow a person with mental\emotional disability to take an emotional support animal with them on airplanes and will also help them in overturning a no-pet policy in housing.
Under this law, the emotional support dog owner cannot be asked for you any pet fees. No-pet rules are enforced for these dogs. Though a property owner can consider, that the person who is looking for accommodation with the emotional support animal have a disability. The disability the pet owner is having should limit his sustainability for major life activities without dog. In addition, the owner can check that the emotional support animal is able to provide physical or emotional assistance or can do tasks which are required by the person with a disability.
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) does not apply to all the housing types. It excludes buildings which have four or fewer units, or where the owner resides in the same unit. The law also excludes the private property owners who do not own more than three single family houses.
The Fair Housing Act also allows students to have emotional support dog laws on college campus. There are number of colleges and universities who have now adopted policies for the use of assistance animals in accommodation.
Air Carrier Access Act
The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) allows these dogs to be carried on plane by their owners without any extra fees, but the emotional support dog owner is required to show emotional support animal letter to the airlines 48 hours before the scheduled departure so that the proper accommodations are made for assisted dog. An airline can remove the dog if it’s not manageable and it is threat to other passengers.
The emotional support dog owners are recommended to have tag and vest when they are in public areas or when they are travelling through airlines. It helps other people to know it is an emotional support dog.