TOPIC: Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate?

Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 1 month 6 days ago #15229

I think Pet Fees and rent originated from the costs associated only with residents who own pets. The cost to put in/maintain a dog park or have a company scoop the poop that resident do not clean up or shampoo the carpet for a pet that has an accident in an interior common area. If all pet owners were responsible pet owners these fees may not have to be as high but unfortuantely we all know that many times there are at least a few irresponsible pet owners for every responsilbe one. Rather than raise the rent for the entire property adding a pet fee/rent so only pet owners are paying for these amenities seems to be a better option. The properties that do not offer anything additional for pets or allow the uncollected poop to pile up etc. I do not know why they charge it.

For those that compare this to a resident with children and tot lots or other amenities that children are more likely to use; it would be illegal to charge a child fee/rent otherwise I am sure property owners would like to add this on to the rent as well.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 3 weeks 1 day ago #15263

I think renters tend to forget this is a business. They sign contracts agreeing to fees, deposits and rules. Just because they are using the space doesn't entitle them to do as they wish.

(Most) Landlords follow the law, and you can't discriminate against children, that boat has sailed and it's never coming back, however they can and will discriminate against pets. If they don't want it on the property it doesn't come on the property (and no one has to chime in about service animals - we know). Sorry can't have your German Shepard even though it's your co-worker because it's on the property's restricted breed list, sorry cant' have your pit companion/service animal because it violates landlord's insurance. Deposits for roommates? Someone is clearly just making things up or has no understanding of how this works - that is included in overall deposits.

Landlord isn't going to take the hit for pet damage and isn't required to and it's not a valid insurance claim. I understand that a couple of participants in the thread are renters, not in this industry and upset with their circumstances. You'd be better off thoroughly reading and understanding your lease when you sign because your landlord will enforce it. If you have questions contact the property management. If you think what they're doing is not right there are many resources online and self help centers.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 5 days 55 minutes ago #15322

Hello I'm trying to find out why I paid $250.00 for a deposit to have my dog and now it costing me $50.00 per month. My dog is family and goes out all day to a family member until my return. Aggie is not a barker she is an older dog. Now where I live there are many dogs and they don't pay I would like to know the steps I need to take. I will soon be 63 years old and have a hard enough time trying to pay my bills. Any advise you have would be of great help. Please let me know asap.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 3 days 2 hours ago #15325

Barbara,

Different apartment communities have different fees. We are allowed to charge deposits and monthly fees, and those amounts are at management discretion and applied fairly across the board. While I understand that your dog is a family member in your eyes, chances are that your management company will not see it that way. For instance, at the community I manage, we charge a $200 deposit and $25 per month. We only allow cats...so unless your dog was a medically-necessary companion or service animal, you would not be able to have your dog here at all. Of course, in accordance with ADA laws, we do not charge fees for medically-necessary animals.

Most communities charge fees for pets to offset the risk of damage, wear and tear, and other factors that are assumed included when you welcome animals into your community.

I would recommend talking the folks in the management office where you live. They will most likely not be able to waive or reduce the fees for your pet, but will be able to provide the explanation that you need.

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