Potential Arizona Law Could Stop Landlords From Refusing To Rent To People with Certain Types of Dog Breeds

On Monday, a bill was advanced by Arizona legislators that would prohibit landlords from denying rental opportunities to tenants based on their ownership of specific dog breeds.

Sen. Brian Fernandez (D-Yuma) has sponsored the Senate Bill 1439, which has received bipartisan support. The main focus of this bill is to address the limitations that are typically imposed on individuals who own pit bulls, German shepherds, and Rottweilers. In its initial hearing, the bill was approved with a vote of 5-2.

The proposed legislation has received backing from various animal welfare organizations, however, the Arizona Multihousing Association, which speaks for the majority of rental housing establishments in the state, is against it.

According to Senator J.D. Mesnard (R-Chandler), there is concern that landlords may completely prohibit dogs if the bill is passed into law.

According to Mesnard, it is uncertain if this will result in the desired outcome for the sponsor.

If the bill is approved, it could greatly improve housing opportunities for pet owners, who face a higher chance of being evicted and experiencing housing instability.