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New California law requires low-income rental home owners to allow pets

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California Legislature Pass a new law that ensures that low-income housing tenants will no longer need to choose between giving up their pets to meet their housing needs.

Senate Bill (SB) 971 would require any housing development to be funded on or after January 1, 2023 by Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) To allow tenants to own or keep one or more common household pets within low-income rental housing with No monthly fee or unreasonable restrictions.

Domestic pets – such as dogs or cats – will be kept for fun and not for commercial purposes. In addition to ownership, the law requires tenants to properly maintain their pets, including looking after the health of their pets.

Stream housing regulations Enable owners to place strict restrictions on pet ownership. This can prevent tenants from keeping their pets and often leads to their presence abandoned her to animal shelters.

These regulations affect tenants low incoming housing disproportionate rate. Low income housing which is both Safe And the All-inclusive for pets There is a shortage of supply, forcing renters with tight budgets to abandon their pets to overcrowded animal shelters, putting more pressure on local public resources.

For tenants who be Able to find low-income housing listed as “Pet Friendly,” That’s when the row with housing restrictions begins.

Restrictions on these pet-friendly properties that are no longer allowed in low-income housing developments under the new law include:

  • high monthly fees, orpet rental“;
  • ban certain breeds of pets; And the
  • Weight restrictions.

but, reasonable terms Pet ownership and maintenance will remain in place. These reasonable terms include policies on:

  • annoying behavior
  • Handlebars requirements
  • liability insurance coverage; And the
  • The number of pets allowed is determined by the size of each unit.

Although the law prohibits landlords from identifying certain breeds of dogs as dangerous, the owner still prohibits individual dogs that are considered dangerous. potentially dangerous or brutal. [Calif. Food and Agricultural Code §§31602; 31603]

the angel Refundable security deposits may be charged. However, a monthly fee For the ownership or maintenance of household pets Not impose.

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healthy choice

The importance of this law goes beyond allowing tenants to own pets. Pet ownership has been shown to be good for both mental and physical fitness well-being.

Owning a pet has a wide range of health benefits including:

  • Improve mental health.
  • Increase physical exercise
  • increased outdoor activities;
  • Reduction of Blood pressure
  • improve the mood and morale of the owners; And the
  • Promote healthy socialization, especially among the elderly and the disabled, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.

Under current housing regulations, tenants’ ability to own a pet is limited. For rental housing that Do Ownership and maintenance of pets is allowed, and renters are met with tight restrictions and high monthly fees.

By relaxing regulations, low-income tenants in new housing will no longer need to worry about meeting these standards. This not only relieves the emotional distress of abandoning a family member but improves the overall health of the tenants.

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