What is Arkansas' HB 1420?

The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) secure the rights of assistance animal owners (including ESA owners) to equal access to housing. This means that your housing provider must make reasonable accommodations for your emotional support animal to live with you, as long as you are in possession of a valid ESA letter. In fact, your ESA letter supersedes the landlord’s usual pet policies and exempts you from any pet deposits or fees, as well as breed and weight restrictions. 

in 2023 Arkansas passed HB 1420 which requires a 30-day relationship with a licensed mental health professional before they can write you an ESA letter.


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