Illinois to Allow Companion Animals in Affordable Housing

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has approved Senate Bill 154 which will require that a tenant in a “multifamily rental housing unit that is 500 square feet or larger and has been acquired, constructed, or rehabilitated with any money from the Trust Fund after January 1, 2022 and that was designated for affordable housing for low and very low-income families shall be allowed to keep at least 2 cats or one dog that weighs under 50 pounds regardless of breed or height.” The new law does not apply to “supportive living facilities,” “elderly housing,” “service animals or service animals in training or to any dog that has been deemed a dangerous or vicious dog as provided under the Animal Control Act.”