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

Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: 500 4 boxer 10yrs old 11 months 1 week ago #15485

: :angry: 500.00 dollers?for a boxer&
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 11 months 1 day 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?
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 5 months 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? 5 months 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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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 3 months 2 weeks ago #16525

iv had my dogs for 4 years now, today I wake up to a note on my door saying I have to pay $300 for each dog.. if not I have 48hr to get rid of them. I have 3 small well behave dogs
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 3 months 2 weeks ago #16529

The first question, Rosa... are you in a current lease agreement with your landlord or are you on a month-to-month basis following an expired lease? If you are in a current lease that did not include those pet fees, I would say that they cannot impose new fees on you mid-term. If you are on month-to-month following an expired lease, I would be hesitant to say they can impose those fees with a 48-hour deadline. (Please note, if you are on a lease that included those fees but you did not pay them, that's a whole different situation.) But laws do vary from locality to locality. In Ohio, where I am, I would have to give a resident 30-day notice prior to increasing or imposing new fees. It may be different where you are. I strongly encourage you to speak with your property manager to find out what your options are and whether she can make any sort of extended arrangement on payment of the fees.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 months 3 weeks ago #16619

I own duplexes and usually charge a $300 pet fee and $15 month charge added to rent. I had a future tenant ask me if the same fee and monthly rate applies when having a rabbit. I have yet to have this asked and I'm not too sure if I should leave it the same (rabbits tend to smell pretty bad) or lower it (or have it at all) with it being a caged animal. The tenant told me she doesn't want a dog because she's hardly home and her daughter (4 years old) will be starting school soon so they don't not have the time for a dog that is needed. But I feel as if thats the case, it will be the same senario with a bunny and will end up just as nasty... What should I do?
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 months 1 week ago #16686

Kitiara Long wrote:
I own duplexes and usually charge a $300 pet fee and $15 month charge added to rent. I had a future tenant ask me if the same fee and monthly rate applies when having a rabbit. I have yet to have this asked and I'm not too sure if I should leave it the same (rabbits tend to smell pretty bad) or lower it (or have it at all) with it being a caged animal. The tenant told me she doesn't want a dog because she's hardly home and her daughter (4 years old) will be starting school soon so they don't not have the time for a dog that is needed. But I feel as if thats the case, it will be the same senario with a bunny and will end up just as nasty... What should I do?

I had a rabbit once. The bottom of the cage fills with rabbit waste. The rabbit would often pee in the corner of the cage - right through the bars and onto the floor. The ammonia in his pee actually bleached spots white in a sort of way. While he's caged most of the time, he's not above chewing on things.

Personally, I'd stick to the same rules. It simply isn't true that a rabbit can't cause damage.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 months 1 week ago #16716

Hi there. A pet is a pet and since you have not described what pets are and are not acceptable, it would be wise to accept the rabbit but go ahead and require the fee as you do for each and every pet. For the future, you may wish to consider what pets you will take, which you will not. Snakes? Large dogs? All breeds of dogs? Think it out and write it down.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 1 month 1 week ago #16937

:) I THINK PET DEPOSIT = FAIR. A PET RENT = SHOULD DEPEND ON THE SIZE OF THE ANIMAL".
PET FEE = SHOULD ALSO DEPEND ON THE SIZE OF THE ANIMAL.

BUT REALLY THINKING ABOUT IT WITH AN OPEN MIND, WITH MATURITY AND WITH THE KNOWLEDGE

THAT MOST BUSINESSES ARE IN IT FOR THE MONEY, IF AN AUDIT WAS TO BE DONE FOR EVERY APARTMENT/HOUSE

THAT WERE CHARGED A PET FEE AND WHEN THE TENANT MOVED OUT, """HOW MANY RECEIPTS WOULD THE PROPERTIES

ACTUALLY HAVE SHOWING THAT THEY DID THE FLEA AND PET DANDER CLEAN UP""""

BEFORE RENTING THE PLACE AGAIN????? HHHHHHHMMMMMMMMM :huh:
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