A rare win for Illinois landlordsNov 23, 2023
They don't always end this way:
Johnny gets a rental app for his sweet condo.
Everything checks out, Sally moves in.
Trouble is, she brought a secret roommate - Mr. Whiskers.
Now, Mr. Whiskers isn't your average furball...
He's an emotional support animal (ESA).
Gee, Sally missed that on the rental app...
Fast forward to the courtroom drama:
Sally claims Johnny discriminated because of the ESA.
Johnny hasn't been this confused since helping grandma with her new smartphone...
He's like, "Hold up! I didn't even know about the cat, how could I have known it was an ESA?!?"
Well, the Illinois Human Rights Commission gave little Johnny two thumbs up this week:
Sally didn't note the disability and ESA on Johnny's form, so Johnny was good.
You can't reject a Tenant because of a disability or ESA.
...that is straight-up illegal.
Even with your "no pets" policy.
But if you didn't know about the disability, this case may help yours.
By Landlord Legal
Cat's outta the bag, that's issue #87 of The Brief.
Emotional support animals are *almost* always tricky. We made this free guide to help you get it right.