Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
For awhile, I had an legal ESA as well. While the dog was not allowed in public places like a Service Dog, he did come in the Cabin with me, and when I moved to cheaper housing, he was welcomed there as well, even though he was over the weight limit.
Simon has since passed, but in order to get my ESA qualification, I had my medical doctor, as well as a Liscensed Psychiatrist write a letter of request on my behalf for both the airlines and housing. I still have the airline letter if you'd like me to type it up and pass it along to you for a sample of generally what a letter of request/diagnosis for an ESA will say.
With these two letters, I rarely encountered a problem. Both housing and the airlines accommodated myself and Simon just fine, so long as I was clear and open to my landlord/airlines about it, and Simon was well behaved/non destructive.