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

Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: 500 4 boxer 10yrs old 7 months 2 weeks ago #15485

: :angry: 500.00 dollers?for a boxer&
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 7 months 4 days ago #15538

I am struggling with allowing pets in my buildings. Im having a hard time finding tenants to fill my properties with having a no pet policy. I'm confident there are competent pet owners that I am missing out of. How do I allow pets and keep control over my property?
  • Mark Andrews
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 1 month 3 weeks ago #16252

12years ago I moved in to my appartment...Soon after I got a dog. I spoke to the leasing office and asked about pet & monthly fees to which they responded that I didn't have to pay (It was waived). 2009 the leasing office claimed I had a dog illegally. Again I spoke with them and they had found that within my lease in which I signed every year stated that I had a dog. Then they wanted to try and make me pay for pet fees. I stated that after this whole time that now you want to charge me and that it was never in my lease that I've signed every year. Now 12yrs later the leasing office wants to charge me for a pet fee deposit & monthy fee. My question is... Can they do that? Especially since it has never been in my lease. Shouldn't be grandfathered in? I found their lease paper which states that the deposit was waived and the monthly fee was $/na dating back 2009. Is there anything in which I can do?

Signed,

Fed Up
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 1 month 3 weeks ago #16254

The answer to "Fed Up" is governed by contract law. Each time a new lease is signed (even if with the same landlord in an ongoing renewed tenancy), it is a new contract. So at that time either party has options...the landlord can decide not to continue to rent to the tenant; the landlord can raise the rent; the landlord can require new terms and conditions (such as, in this case, requiring pet fees and deposit). At the same time, the tenant has the right to move away if the tenant does not like the new deal (increased rent or new pet rules/requirements or anything else that the landlord is now offering as conditions to rent). That was the long answer; the short answer is "Yes, they can do that."
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