I am disabled in cook county. I was given a puppy in 2014 to babysit and ended up keeping him as he had been trained to be a service animal. My landlord did not want to allow the dog to stay, and we advised her that he was a working animal. He's registered and all in 2014. My lease renewal is up and she's demanding a pet deposit and has put it in writing and sent text messages stating she will NOT renew the lease until the PET deposit is paid.
Do you have a doctor certifying that your disability requires this service animal?
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This is sort of a duplicate question. I answered the later question before seeing this one. The facts are slightly different here. You were given the puppy to babysit. The puppy was not assigned to you as a service animal and your making him into a service animal does not necessarily pass muster. The landlord is within her rights to seek a pet deposit. If you do not wish to pay the deposit, look for another place to live.
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Your landlord needs to make a reasonable accommodation. A pet deposit, so long as the amount is reasonable compared to rent and normal security deposit, would likely be upheld in my opinion
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