Bill won’t require small landlords to accept pets

Written By: M&M Properties - Sacramento Property Management

May 29, 2024

A bill aimed at eliminating no-pet policies in rental housing will be amended to exempt smaller buildings, following efforts by the California Apartment Association.

Assemblyman Matt Haney

AB 2216 by Assemblyman Matt Haney, D-San Francisco, will soon include a carve-out for buildings with 15 or fewer units so that owners of these smaller buildings won’t be required to accept pets.

While landlords with smaller buildings would be exempted, the bill, if passed, will require owners with larger buildings to allow a tenant to have at least one common household pet.

The property owner will be allowed to require pet owners to carry liability insurance, ensure their pets are licensed and vaccinated, charge a monthly pet rent of $50 for each additional pet, and collect a pet security deposit up to 50% of one month’s rent, not to exceed $1,000.” By defining “common household pets,” the bill aims to address concerns about unusual or exotic animals.

This morning, AB 2216 won passage on the Assembly floor on a 43-8 vote. The amendments will soon be integrated in the state Senate.

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