Pet owners could find more rental options under California bill

(19 Apr 2024)
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Oakland, California – 4 April 2024
1. Dog in kennel at Oakland Animal Services
2. Ann Dunn checks on dogs in animal shelter
3. Dog in kennel
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ann Dunn, director, Oakland Animals Services:
"We’ve seen a doubling of the number of people that are surrendering their pets. And that’s largely due to the housing crisis."
5. Dog in outdoor pen
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ann Dunn, director, Oakland Animals Services:
"Just a significant number of people coming to us, telling us that they are losing their housing, that they cannot find affordable housing that allows them to have pets."
7. Various of people meeting dogs available for adoption at Oakland Animal Services
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ann Dunn, director, Oakland Animals Services:
"I think the biggest challenge that we’ve been facing since the beginning of 2023 is having to consider euthanizing dogs for space when we have no place for them to go."

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sacramento, California – 9 April 2024
9. Exterior of California State Capitol Building
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Assemblymember Isaac Bryan (D) Los Angeles:
"But often the question of, do you have a pet? Came up, and then how big? And of course, we have a Great Dane. And then for some reason, that was immediately disqualifying. And another applicant was chosen, even though I’m a member of the state legislature, my fiance is an attorney."
11. Isaac Bryan votes at Assembly committee hearing
12. Matt Haney presents bill to remove barriers for tenants who own pets
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Assemblymember Matt Haney (D) San Francisco:
"This bill requires that if a landlord restricts pets that those restrictions are reasonable, they actually have to state what those are and that will get rid of just the blanket pet bans."
14. Assemblymembers at committee hearing
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Assemblymember Matt Haney (D) San Francisco:
"So this is a package of changes that together will, provide more access for the millions of renters who have pets in California. It’s the first of its kind. Nowhere else in the country does this."

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Alameda, California – 16 April 2024
16. Apartment for rent sign

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sacramento, California – 9 April 2024
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Debra Carlton, executive vice president, California Apartment Association:
"I allow pets, because it’s single family, right? You got the backyard, etc. But I will tell you, the dogs have destroyed the place. They’ve chewed up holes in the side of the wall. They’ve chewed up all of the drip system."

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Oakland, California – 4 April 2024
18. Volunteer takes photo of woman with dog she decided to adopt

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sacramento, California – 9 April 2024
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Russell Lowery, executive director: California Rental Housing Association:
"Rental properties owners in California love pets, too. But we also love providing affordable, safe housing for people. If we continue to pass regulations that make it more difficult to provide housing, it’s going to drive up the cost of housing for both pet owners and non pet owners. And that’s fundamentally unfair."

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Alameda, California – 16 April 2024
20. Various of for rent signs outside apartment buildings

STORYLINE:
California pet owners struggling to find a rental that accepts their furry, four-legged family members could have an easier time leasing new housing under proposed state legislation that would ban blanket no-pets policies and prohibit landlords from charging additional fees for pets.

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