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Emotional Support Animal Laws in Utah

Apr 8, 2019 By USSA

You can have an emotional support animal in Utah to help support you in everyday life if you are suffering from a mental health condition. From anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, a furry friend can help comfort you and make often stressful situations, more relaxed and bearable. It is important to know what rights you have with an emotional support animal in Utah. Emotional support animals are different to service dogs and have fewer rights so it important that you know the difference.

Emotional support animals, unlike service animals, are not trained to perform specific tasks and are also not allowed in public places. Fortunately, they are protected under two laws in Utah, the Air Carrier Access Act and the Fair Housing Act. This helps to give people with emotional support animals the rights to housing and air travel.

An emotional support animal can be any animal including a dog, cat, bird and even a miniature horse. The animal has to have been to prescribed by a licensed mental health professional to help the emotional aspect of a person’s mental health disability. An ESA letter is very important as it is the crucial documentation that is required by airlines and landlords to confirm the need for an emotional support animal and give access to airplay travel and housing.

ESA Letter

You can obtain an ESA letter easily from US Service Animals from any state in the US including Utah. Call us today or schedule a call and speak to one of our mental health professionals who will talk about your situation and see if you qualify. If you do, you will be able to register your information and get your ESA letter via email to print and use. Our process is easy, hassle-free and will give you the documentation needed for air travel and housing. The letter will prove that your animal is an emotional support animal and explain how the animal helps to treat your mental health disability. Many landlords, businesses and all airlines will request this proof. If you do not have an ESA letter then you and your emotional support animal can be denied access. So make sure you see if you qualify today and get your ESA letter for future travel and housing from US Service Animals.

Travel Laws

Emotional support animals in Utah are protected under the Air Carrier Access Act. This law prevents any discrimination against emotional support animals and service animals and those with a disability. All airlines have to give access and allow an emotional support animal to support their owner as long as an ESA letter is provided. This letter from a mental health professional will give proof of the need for the animal when traveling. By having this letter, you will be able to have your emotional support animal with you in the cabin of the plane.

Employment Laws

Employment is not protected under any laws which means employers do not have to allow emotional support animals into their building. However, you can ask your employer and show your ESA letter to help persuade them to allow you to have the support of your emotional support animal. But this is a case-by-case situation and an employer does not have to grant access.

Housing Laws

In Utah, for those with an emotional support animal housing is protected under the Fair Housing Act. The law protects owners with a disability and does not discriminate against them thus allows emotional support animals in all housing. This means landlords cannot deny access to a renter with an emotional support animal even if the property has a no-pet policy. The Fair Housing Act also covers university campus accommodation. Although service animals can attend lectures and enter university buildings, emotional support animals only have access to campus accommodation.

Landlords will often request proof for your emotional support animal. This is why an ESA letter is very important as this is the way in which you can show that your animal is an emotional support animal. The letter will be written from one of our mental health professionals and will have all the information that a landlord or airline will need to know about your emotional support animal and mental health disability.

If your emotional support animal is out of control, threading of behaving badly, a landlord can deny access. Under the Utah Fair Housing Act, landlords can deny accommodations when the animal is a direct threat to others.