Reasonable Accommodation Housing Request Form
One thing we would like to tell you from the very beginning – people with disabilities can make the housing reasonable accommodation request on their own. This process is 100% open and is available to everyone out there, so, in case you would like to challenge yourself you can do it!
However, for people who do not want to waste their time on paperwork and different processes, we would like to offer help. At MyServiceAnimal, it is possible to purchase a ready letter with all the needed signatures and agreements. Please note, you need to send all the required information about your service animal to us (it will be mentioned below); in this way, we will make a unique request directly for your purposes.
What is a request for housing accommodations?
A Housing Reasonable Accommodation Request is necessary for individuals with disabilities who need adjustments or modifications to their housing in order to have equal access and use of the housing. These accommodations may include changes to policies, procedures, or physical elements of the housing. By making a request for a reasonable accommodation, an individual with a disability is requesting an exception to the usual rules or practices of the housing provider in order to have equal access to housing.
Housing accommodations request for service dogs – a particular document required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is a request made by a person according to their unique needs, and it is mainly necessary when it comes to the living conditions of somebody with a registered service animal or emotional support animal.
A person with a disability needs it in case:
- They need to send a housing application in a form (if a student requires a single room in the university or college);
- A person moves to rented housing;
- Somebody needs to live away from their home for an extended period of time.
In case you are wondering why is it important to have a proper letter when requesting housing accommodation, here is a list of the most common things that may happen without a valid request:
- Refusing in renting, selling, or negotiating for housing;
- Claiming that housing is unavailable without any proper reasons;
- Changing terms, previously discussed conditions, or cost because of the person’s sex, race, disability, etc.;
- Falsely claim that the accommodation is already sold or is not available.
Everything mentioned above is illegal, and a person should inform the ADA in case any of the unpleasant situations discussed above happened with heir service dog. And now, let’s have a closer look at the categories of people who are protected by the ADA:
- Those who have any type of mental or physical disabilities (a proper definition of disability here is a health condition that limits sb’s life activity greatly – mobility, visual, and other impairments, mental illnesses, addictions, etc.);
- Individuals with records of such disabilities.
A purpose of a proper housing request is to increase the quality of life for those with health issues, as well as avoid any type of discrimination that may happen when looking for a proper place for living.
What information should be provided when making housing accommodation requests?
In case you would like us to complete the documentation for a request instead of you, you need to provide the following information:
- Your name;
- A telephone number;
- Information about your service animal (what type and breed, its name, what kind of services it provides you with, etc.)
After that, we can make your personal housing reasonable accommodation request online or send it to your address (depending on choose option). If there are no problems in the post office, you should get it in approximately three to five working days.
In case a landlord or people on the college campus decided to ignore your request or rejected your request without any serious reason, it is always possible to contact Fair Housing with an official complaint. It is also a good option in case you got a refusal to provide you with proper access to the territory of the house you dwell in (e.g., if the person with a disability needs a wheelchair, a ramp is crucial to get to the destination).
At My Service Animal, it is also possible to order some special products for your service dog and emotional support animal. Online registration, a special physical copy of the certificate of registration, leashes, vests, and individual tags with all important info about your pet is available.
How long does it take to receive the ordered Housing Accommodation Request in PDF format?
All digital documents are processed by our employees and require manual approval. The maximum time needed for it is 8 working hours, but My Service Animal team always does everything to make this process as fast as possible (even if you need your digital documents during weekends). When it is finished, an email will be sent to your address; don’t forget to check the “Spam” folder if you didn’t receive your form on time.
Are Housing Accommodation Request and Doctor’s Letter the same documents?
No, these two are different documents required for various purposes. While a Doctor’s Letter of recommendation confirms one’s disability and the need for a service dog (or emotional support animal), a Housing Reasonable Accommodation Request is an official appeal to the landlord meant to inform them about the right of a dog (or any other animal) to live with the owner in the apartment, house, or any other housing type.