California Landlords May Not Require That a Tenant Declaw or Devocalize their Pet


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A new California law, Civil Code § 1942.7, defines what a property owner or manager may NOT do if the owner allows animals on the property.

If a property owner allows pets on the property, the owner may NOT do any of the following:

(1) Advertise, through any means, the availability of real property for occupancy in a manner designed to discourage application for occupancy of that real property because an applicant’s animal has not been declawed or devocalized.

(2) Refuse to allow the occupancy of any real property, refuse to negotiate the occupancy of any real property, or otherwise make unavailable or deny to any other person the occupancy of any real property because of that person’s refusal to declaw or devocalize any animal.

(3) Require any tenant or occupant of real property to declaw or devocalize any animal allowed on the premises.

Of course, a landlord may prohibit animals on the property. Owners may also charge an extra fee for an animal on the property. But, if an owner is going to allow an animal on the property, the owner cannot discourage or force the tenant to declaw or devocalize the animal.

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