California bill shielding tenants from declawing, devocalization penalties signed into law

Sep 28, 2012
By staff

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1229 Wednesday, 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.