We charge anywhere between 150.00 to 250.00 depending on the breed and weight of the pet.
Our tenants sign a pet consent form which explains what the fee is for and their responsibility relative to the pet. We do not charge monthly pet rent. We use the money to have the carpet treated if it isn't replaced. We also charge a cleaning fee that the tenant can pay over the term of their lease. I have found that tenants do not want to clean the property they are moving out of because they have to clean the property that they are moving in to. It seems to work for us.
yes any judge would consider this "double dipping"
This just sounds completely ridiculous to me and HIGHLY illegal... Any thoughts?
TexasRose - I'm unclear as to which statement you are declaring "So not true." Could you provide reference and context?
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.