A lawyer in a US state has been awarded $500,000 in damages after he argued he should be allowed to keep a pet in a new California law that requires landlords to provide a pet deposit for pets.
The Landlord-Tenant Board of Appeals on Thursday upheld the award to David Schubert, who argued in court documents that he was not a legal entity under California law.
The decision, which could be appealed, came after the board found that the new law, which takes effect July 1, does not require a landlord to provide the pet deposit.
The law does require that landlords provide a deposit of $100 per pet, but it is not clear whether landlords will have to provide that amount.
A pet deposit is the amount the tenant has paid to a pet owner, such as a veterinarian or veterinarian’s assistant.
The board’s decision is the latest legal victory for tenants against the new California state law, called the Pet Deposit Law, which passed in January.
The bill is aimed at ensuring that people who rent homes or apartments to pets have adequate financial resources to keep their pets in a safe and healthy environment.
Under the law, owners of pets over four years old will have the option of moving out of their apartments if they are not used or not able to provide necessary care for their pets.
The law requires landlords who rent to pets to provide pet deposit deposits for at least $1,000, $2,000 or $3,000.
If a landlord refuses to provide deposits, the board will allow the tenant to go to court.
The case has been before the board several times before, including in 2015 when a tenant sued over the requirement to provide pets.