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When Pets Constitute a Medical Reason in a Condo Building — Hear what the Illinois State Bar Says

Question: My condominium rules prohibit unit owners from keeping pets unless they are service animals or for medical reasons. What constitutes a “medical reason?” Answer: Under the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act, condominium boards must allow a reasonable accommodation for trained service animals or emotional support animals. While emotional support animals don’t have to be trained, an applicant – in order to keep one in his or her unit – typically must show proof of a mental impairment that substantially limits his or her major life activities. Often this requires a written statement from a mental health professional.   For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.comIf you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit