what is grandfathered in law
Question Details: what is grandfathered in law i live in a small town the city said i cannot put horses on my property because of zoning laws but about fifteen years age their were horses on the property what can i do
I'm not an Illinois attorney, and there are variations in zoning and land use law, from one state to another. But on general principles, you can't rely on something from that long ago in this sort of case.
Being "grandfathered," in zoning legalese, is a "pre-existing non-conforming use." In many cases, in most states, you can continue a use of property that was legal when it began, but that is no longer permitted under more recent zoning regulations. A brief interruption might not end this, but certainly after a year, in most states, I would very much doubt that you could go back to the old use.