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

Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 3 months 1 week ago #13854

If I am in a position one day to implement a policy I would try something similar to this:

Remember, this is my personal opinion:

I would only charge a pet 'deposit', I do not believe in pet 'fees'. These funds should always be refundable if possible.

In the case the community had multiple layouts (lets say a new tenant with a pet selected an apartment with carpet) the one-time pet deposit will be higher - roughly, $400-$500.

If the new tenant with a pet selected an apartment without carpet, then a one-time pet deposit of $100-$200 would be required.

There would be no monthly pet fees or rent. If the property begins experiencing an issue with pet poop plaguing the grass - then all pet owners in the community would be charged $10-$20 per month until the issue ceases.

Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 3 months 2 days ago #13951

If there are pet deposits why not have smoking deposits too. Smoking causes as much if not more damage to apartments and other tenants have to smell it! Including myself!
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 3 months 2 days ago #13953

Many landlords have taken care of the smoking issue by making their buildings non-smoking.
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 months 3 weeks ago #14007

So you charge a pet fee per month?
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 months 2 weeks ago #14028

I moved into an apartment last year, I was charged a non-refundable pet fee of $200 per pet (I have one cat and one dog), $250 pet deposit and $25 per month per pet in pet rent. I also paid a security deposit of $250. When I moved out of the apartment, I was told that the apartment would be "unlivable" if they did not get the pet treatment for the carpet. My pets did not cause any damage to the apartment. They both sleep for a majority of the day. I am okay with getting the carpets cleaned and a pet treatment, but I am not okay with the amount of $325 coming out of my deposits. What is the point in paying a pet fee and pet rent if they are going to charge my deposits for a carpet cleaning?

The carpets were not damaged in any way. There may have been an accident or two when the animals were not feeling well but that usually is vomit, and I do understand that the next people may have allergies or not want the place to smell like an animal lived there prior, but taking a pet fee and pet rent and then charging 'non-damage, just cause we feel like making it better for the next person carpet cleaning fees' to the deposits.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 months 2 weeks ago #14029

Hello,

What state are you located in? Have you checked with your local renters rights group or housing authority? The laws vary by state, but this site is a venue for property managers.
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 1 month 2 weeks ago #14137

And good luck with your perdect angels though I highly doubt that , I agree they should charge kids rent because of parents that let their kids roam . Most pet owners dknt allow their dogs to roam .
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 1 month 2 weeks ago #14138

One key point to remember is that families, including those with children, are a protected class, thus is it illegal to discriminate against them. Whereas pets, pet owners, and smokers, are not a protected class.
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 6 days 4 hours ago #14296

I'm not sure who told you renter's insurance covers pet damages but it does not. A renter's insurance policy only covers YOUR belongings. Not a property you don't own. You can be held liable for damages done to an apartment if you neglect to pay. Your renter's insurance has liability coverage for that. If your pet hurts someone, your renter's insurance would cover medical expenses.
I am an insurance agent in WI and have never heard of renter's insurance covering pet damages done to an apartment.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 3 days 10 hours ago #14300

Can we charge a set price for pets under 45lbs and a larger pet rent for pets over 45lbs? e.g. $35 for pets under 45 lbs and $75 for pets over 45 lbs.
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