Apr 4, 2024 - News

Arlington allows landlords to enforce pets bans

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Arlington's Select Board rejected a proposed bylaw that would have required landlords to allow pets in rented dwellings.

Why it matters: Had the board and town meeting approved the bylaw, renters in Arlington would have been able to adopt a furry friend — even if their landlord won't allow it.

Zoom in: Animal welfare organizations supported the measure, saying it would cut down on the difficulty pet owners have finding a place to rent.

  • There would have been some exceptions to the new rule, but even so, some landlords were miffed at how the bylaw would cut back on their rights as owners.

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