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

Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 5 months 1 week ago #14588

Yes I would very much like to know how pet rent started
To me people are getting greedy. Owners have to consider people
who live on fixed incomes
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 4 months 2 days ago #14715

I've been in the same apartment 10 years. Over that time I have paid an addition $5000 for 2 small shih tzus, whose feet I wash every time they go out. I always pick up after them. they never bark, and every one loves them. I have paid to replace cheap carpet/which is what they put in 3 times over, and they have never had to paint my apartment in 10 years. People with children who cook curried foods, they have to compeltely gut the apartment every 2 years, including all appliances and the kitchen cabinets. No extra rent for them.
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 4 months 2 days ago #14716

If you are on a fixed income, get rid of your pet and save thousands.
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 4 months 1 day ago #14719

Actually, owners have to consider the best interests of their asset.

It's best to buy your own house if you have pets. But if a renter truly wants to have a pet, they should make sure they are able to afford it before acquiring one.

Also, especially for dogs, being trapped inside causes them great anxiety. They need a place to run and do their business. It's selfish to put an animal that needs lots of space, yard, and fresh air into a small apartment environment.

We all have to live within our means, even if on a fixed income. For many years I could not afford to have a pet, but I love animals dearly, so I took it upon myself to acquire the ability to provide for one.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 months 1 week ago #14915

I strongly am opposed to pet fees. For one, pets (most) do less damage than children or unruly adults.It is just vilifying the poor and a reason to ask for more money. Pet fees are responsible for many animals at shelters whose family was too poor for the rent. I never would but people do. So if apartments want to charge pr deny pets,they should pay a penalty fee to shelters. It raises all our taxes.of course ban certain breeds, but leave it at that.
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Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 2 months 1 week ago #14922

Can anyone tell me what a monthly pet rental fee is for? Someone said their tenants love it - why is that? There must be something that justifies this that I'm missing.
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 1 month 3 weeks ago #14987

I'm from Oregon and I never saw a pet fee until I moved to Virginia and then to Florida for military reasons. I personally think pet fees and pet rent is ridiculous and greedy. I've paid 600 dollars in the last 4 months because I've moved twice relating to military orders. A refundable pet deposit I totally understand, but pet fee and pet rent no. I asked my landlord if my cat did some kind of damage to the carpet would it come out of my pet fee and she said no, it's just a fee. Why penalize people for saving an animal from the shelter? If the money went to shelters or something that would make a difference instead of making apartment owners wealthier then I might feel a little better about it. I would gladly pay for any damage my cat makes, but considering I am strict with my cat and have used a water bottle to make sure they don't scratch anything but the scratch post I think just giving money away to someone is unfair. My son is the only one I watch out for with stains so what's next, child fees and child rent?
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Re:Pet Deposits, Pet Fees, and Pet Rent: Appropriate or Inappropriate? 3 weeks 1 hour ago #15061

HSpencer wrote:
The biggest problem I have encountered with pets is the fact a lot of people won't take care of them properly. Our pet fee is $150.00, but all a tenant has to do is go to a doctor and have the doctor write them a letter that they need one for "emotional" health and companionship. Boom, the pet fee is waived in that case.
Well, so much for the pet fee. Another conjugation is the stupidity of the "fee" vs the "deposit". A fee is non-refundable, and a deposit can be refundable. I have yet to convince many people to call it a fee instead of a deposit. That gets you into trouble fast. In my post here I am speaking of an elderly and disabled complex, yet the same troubles I have seen in our family complexes.
I have seen dogs the size of horses, and those "pit bulls" being tried to bring into my complexes. I stopped the pit bull thing by requiring a $50,000 liability insurance policy to be taken on the PB before I would even consider them on a property. I could do this, because the city required the same thing. This has stopped the pit bull idea. Little old ladies and a yapping furry white dog is one thing, but having a zoo on the property is quite another. I once replaced most of the trim molding in a unit due to a cat clawing it away. The same cat clawed up part of the carpet. This was one of those cases where the "doctor" says in writing the little old lady needed emotional support provided by the cat, and zapped the pet deposit right away. Needless to say on the lady's demise and vacating, there was "no" money to cover the damages.
You need at least $150-$200 on a pet fee (not deposit) for each pet. I have never heard of "pet rent". With a doctor's "they need" letter, that would probably be zapped away as well.

Pitbulls and other so-called dangerous dogs cause less damage then you might think. My 2 year old pit and a 14 year old lab are in the house, along with a cat, daily, for hours alone, and zero damage, zero potty accidents, zero damage.

Train your dog right, love your dog, feed them, play with them, and all is good.

Pet fees are silly. Mandate renters insurance naming you as an additional insured.
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