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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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New law passed regarding potential tenants with cats and dogs

This is not a thread about declawing, it's about idiot landlords:

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1229 Wednesday [September 2012], which prohibits landlords from refusing occupancy to a potential tenant with pets that are not declawed or devocalized. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, and co-sponsored by the Paw Project and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, recently passed in the State Senate by a unanimous vote of 37 to 0.

The new law also makes it illegal for landlords to advertise properties in such a way that discourages potential tenants from applying if their animals are not declawed or devocalized. The law will impose a civil penalty of $1,000 per pet for any person found in violation of these provisions. The measure does not stop landlords from enforcing “no pets” policies.
Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenweiner vetoed this bill in 2010 when it reached his office.

If you don't want to allow pets, I understand that, but either allow them or not, don't have "conditions."

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There is nothing worse than an unrestrained law maker. I agree, either allow pets or not, but don't have conditions.

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If you don't want to allow pets, I understand that, but either allow them or not, don't have "conditions."
I agree with the "no conditions"...but I'm confused. Isn't that in fact what this new law is saying? That is, in the future, either a landlord allows pets or doesn't allow pets...but landlords are no longer allowed to impose a declaw/devocalise condition. For that reason, they can't refuse to rent to someone whose pets are NOT declawed or devocalized, and they can't advertise to discourage such people from applying. At least, that's my interpretation of what you posted...perhaps I'm mistaken.

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I agree with the "no conditions"...but I'm confused. Isn't that in fact what this new law is saying? That is, in the future, either a landlord allows pets or doesn't allow pets...but landlords are no longer allowed to impose a declaw/devocalise condition. For that reason, they can't refuse to rent to someone whose pets are NOT declawed or devocalized, and they can't advertise to discourage such people from applying. At least, that's my interpretation of what you posted...perhaps I'm mistaken.
Yes, it is saying that, Marie73 and I are merely stating that the law was dumb to start with and now needs ANOTHER law. Dum.

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I hate that places around here do that. When I tell them I have cats, if they say they have to be declawed, j just say ok thanks and walk out. Not interested in renting from anyone that advocates to disfigure animals
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There are pros and cons to this law...on one hand it won't encourage someone to get their cat declawed in order to live in a certain place. On the other, the landlords will now just say 'no pets' reducing the pool of apartments that allow pets and creating more competition for those that do.

Not sure if this will benefit the cats or not...sure it will reduce the number of declaws or it may increase the number of shelter surrenders.



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it's illegal to declaw your cat in Los Angeles county.
those landlords are outta luck!

and WHAT in the world are they talking about "de-vocalized"?!? Do people do that to their pets? It sounds like mutilation.

and yes, I just realized this thread is from a month ago. ah well.
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New law passed regarding potential tenants with cats and dogs

There's a new law in Ontario... I don't have links but read it on the news where landlords can't refuse to rent to you if you have a pet. So basically anyone renting an apartment can rent anywhere. If a landlord says no you can go to the tenant board or whatever and make a complaint. Also if you move in have no pets but the next day bring home 4 cats, they can't say boo about it. Also they have no right to tell you to declaw your cat... That's absurd.


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New law passed regarding potential tenants with cats and dogs

I'm also interested in what the heck is devocalize??

I wish there was a law like that ^^^ everywhere. Saying you can't live in a certain apartment just because you have pets is like saying someone else couldn't live there because they have kids!! I'm gonna open an apartment complex that doesn't allow children and see how people feel. No offense but I think kids are more damaging to properties then some pets are! Haha are you talking Ontario as in Canada?? Or Ontario CA??


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I think landlords DO have the right to say no pets. It's their property, and I've seen first hand the conditions bad pet owners have left places in.

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