Washington, Stand Up for Pet-Friendly Housing

WA H.B. 2114—Removing Barriers to Pets in Housing
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsor: Rep. Emily Alvarado

Update—March 5, 2024: Washington's 2024 legislative session ended before this bill could receive the votes it needed to become law. The fight isn't over! We will continue working to help families in the Evergreen State find and keep homes that welcome their beloved pets.

This pet-friendly housing bill would have increased housing stability for renters and removed barriers to pets by capping deposits and fees charged upfront by a landlord.

Why pet-friendly housing is important Pet owners face huge barriers when searching for a home. Renters, especially lower-income renters, are more likely to have to rehome their pets due to housing issues than for any other reason. When renters do find housing that allows pets, it often comes with costly upfront pet deposits and/or pet-related fees. When added to other upfront expenses, these additional costs have a devastating impact on people who are already struggling to find cost-appropriate housing.

Pets are considered part of the family by most, yet an increasing number of pet owners are being forced to surrender their animals due to restrictive and costly housing policies. It’s severing important bonds and flooding animal shelters and rescues with pets who could have remained with their families if these barriers didn’t exist. Washington House Bill 2114 would have been a huge step in eliminating barriers to keeping pets at home with the people who love them. 

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