Tenants with pets could find more rentals under California bill

(19 Apr 2024)
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Alameda, California – 16 April 2024
1. For Rent sign outside apartment building

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Oakland, California – 4 April 2024
2. Dog in kennel at Oakland Animal Services
3. Ann Dunn checks on dogs in animal shelter
4. Dog in kennel
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ann Dunn, director, Oakland Animals Services:
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"We’ve seen a doubling of the number of people that are surrendering their pets. And that’s largely due to the housing crisis."
6. Various of people meeting dogs available for adoption at Oakland Animal Services
7. 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."
8. Dog in outdoor pen
9. Volunteer plays with dog at Oakland Animal Services
10. Volunteer takes photo of woman with dog she decided to adopt
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ann Dunn, director, Oakland Animals Services:
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"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
12. Exterior of California State Capitol Building
13. Isaac Bryan votes at Assembly committee hearing
14. 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. We’re the greatest tenants you could find In our minds, and Darius is the the sweetest dog that we’ve ever met. And so it was it was shocking. And it showed that this simple barrier of having a companion animal could lead directly to housing insecurity and homelessness if not addressed."
15. Matt Haney presents bill to remove barriers for tenants who own pets
16. 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."
17. Assemblymembers at committee hearing
18. 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
19. Apartment for Rent sign

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sacramento, California – 9 April 2024
20. 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. So it’s going to be pretty expensive to turn that unit back."

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Alameda, California – 16 April 2024
21. For rent sign outside apartment building

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sacramento, California – 9 April 2024
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Russell Lowery, executive director: California Rental Housing Association:

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

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