Caution to advertising landlords: pets are simply allowed or prohibited. No picking and choosing.
Civil Code §1942.7
Added by S.B. No. 1229
Effective date: January 1, 2013
A landlord allowing tenant pets may not:
- favor declawed or devocalized animals in any advertisement;
- refuse to rent or negotiate for rent to a tenant because their pet has not been declawed or devocalized; or
- require tenants’ pets to be declawed or devocalized as a condition of renting the property.
A landlord who violates these rules is subject to up to $1,000 for each violation.
Editor’s note — Although landlords may not favor declawed or devocalized pets, they may still protect against property damage or noise by including a lease provision barring specific pet behavior or prohibiting pets altogether.