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 #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? 3 months 22 hours 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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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 months 1 day ago #14401

I live in Texas, and in my apartment complex, the manager sent a letter to everyone that they will charge a $500 pet deposit fee and pet rent for $100 per moth. The thing is that my neighborhood is not so great, and i know of way better neighborhoods were the pet deposit is $300 and $10 per month. Is that legal, or is there a way to get around it. Thank you
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 weeks 2 days ago #14565

So not true. Under the law, Texas landlords still have the right to charge the pet fees, deposits, and rent. Some REQUIRE you to carry renter's insurance and others only require it if you get a satellite dish installed. It is the policy, and how your individual company wrote it, that allows you to make a claim against your policy to get reimbursed for any pet deposit/fees you paid out.

Just remember, it's still a claim on an insurance policy. And the more of those you have, the more likely you are to have your rates increased.

Don't you just love the scam they have going?
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 weeks 2 days ago #14566

Rose - Did you get any feedback about this from your local landlord forum?

TexasRose - I'm unclear as to which statement you are declaring "So not true." Could you provide reference and context?

Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 weeks 2 days ago #14567

No I do not think you are correct. I even asked the same question of my new complex as pet rent was a new one to me. The rent was explained to be able to pay for the upkeep to the "pet walking grounds" and those who do not clean up after their pets.

Though I would still think this to be the responsibility of the Complex, along with the rest of the grounds, I understand it might be a bit more challenging to deal with (especially in areas with snow or like Texas with Fire Ants).

I love my pets, as I know everyone does, but I agree charging a separate monthly rent for them is ridiculous.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 weeks 2 days ago #14568

I so agree with you on banning breeds! Now in some cases, large breeds have no business in a small confined space. I am a member of the ASPCA so if you do not have an appropriate space for the size of the dog you have, you should consider other options (a house or a smaller breed).

But, knowing that specific Counties are banning Pit Bulls only because of the breed and not due to any aggressiveness by a specific animal, is ludicrous! They actually put them to sleep rather than simply transporting them to another county. This is so inhumane it's pathetic!

And when I read some of the breeds apartment complexes are banning now, I actually laugh! An English Bulldog??? Seriously? What do they think he might do, slobber on someone? But to think that a police officer would not even be allowed to keep a German Shepard is unimaginable.

A breed should not be the quantifier as to what is/is not allowed. Apartment size = breed size should be. Think of it this way....would you want to live in a room the size of your bathroom? Neither would a Great Dane want to live in a small, one bedroom apartment. If an apartment doesn't have room for your dog, find a house.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 weeks 2 days ago #14569

Maggie wrote:
Rose - Did you get any feedback about this from your local landlord forum?

TexasRose - I'm unclear as to which statement you are declaring "So not true." Could you provide reference and context?

EricKNSeattle wrote:EricKNSeattle wrote:
This is why you should have Renter's insurance. It covers pet damage, just submit the charge and it is paid. No Need for fees or pet rent.
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 weeks 2 days ago #14570

I'm sorry, but there is no way an apartment managers duties should include picking up your dogs poop. If you love your pets, you clean up after them.

If you live in my complex and leave the poop for me to pick up, you will be issued a non-compliance notice for the first offense; charged a $50 fine for the second offense, charged a fee of $50+ 5% of your rent for the third offense, and evicted for the fourth offense.

The property I manage does not currently charge pet rent or fees, but we do charge a security deposit. It does cost extra to clean a carpet after a pet. If you had a newborn baby, would you really want to lay the baby on the carpet full of dander, hair, fleas, and multiplied bacteria from pee, puke, or worse?
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 weeks 2 days ago #14571

I forgot to ask last month! The forum meets again next Wednesday, so I will try to remember.
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