Where can I find more information about emotional support, assistance, or service animals?

The Rent Program does not administer nor regulate the law centered around emotional support, assistance, or services animals. Such an administration falls solely with the State and Federal Government. Nor does the Rent Program maintain the accuracy of information provided through the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) websites or brochures. 

To understand your rights and obligations as it relates to emotional support, assistance, or services animals, please contact an attorney. 

For a directory of free and low-cost legal assistance, please refer to the Rent Program resource directory, at http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/41438/Updated-Landlord-and-Tenant-Resources-Directory-4-20-18?bidId=.

There is also information online that may inform you of your rights and obligations. For your convenience, staff has attached hyperlinks to HUD’s website describing rights obligations as it pertains to emotional support, assistance, or services animals:

https://archives.hud.gov/news/2013/servanimals_ntcfheo2013-01.pdf

https://archives.hud.gov/news/2013/huddojstatement.pdf

https://archives.hud.gov/news/2013/pr13-060.cfm

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5. Where can I find more information about emotional support, assistance, or service animals?