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

Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 weeks 5 days ago #14301

Andy, I'm curious as to why you'd like to do this. Does it cost you more to manage the property if a tenant has a small pet, or a pet that is 50 lbs? I expect tenants would want some justification for the fees and the fee difference.

I agree with William above that pet deposits (true, refundable deposits) protect the property but fees seem unnecessary. Unless they cover a true increased cost for the property, such as an insurance increase.

Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 1 week 4 days ago #14318

That's a great question! I've never heard this one before. I wish I knew the answer.

Our community does not have different deposits for different sizes of animals, but we do have a weight limit and breed restrictions. I do know of some communities that charge different deposits for dogs vs cats.

I attend our local landlord forum every month, next month I will ask them about this.
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