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TOPIC: Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere?

Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere? 10 months 2 weeks ago #17753

According to the Rental Housing Association of WA:

On December 16, 2016, Mayor Ed Murray signed Council legislation which restricts the total amounts landlords may charge for move-in fees. This legislation took effect January 15, 2017, and enacts the following:

- Pet damage deposits may not exceed 25% of the first full month’s rent, and cannot charge any other fees for the allowing a pet.

- Monthly pet rent is not allowed as a part of any new agreement signed January 15, 2017 or later.



Do you all see this spreading to other cities?


(Thanks to Heather Blume for the heads up)

Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere? 10 months 2 weeks ago #17757

I see this being challenged fairly soon, as Washington state's constitution prohibits rent control (RCW 35.21.830, for those interested).

It is certainly becoming a lot harder to be a landlord in Seattle; the current city administration is tying our hands on a number of issues. In addition to the pet rent/deposit change, we are no longer able to charge administrative fees, must credit the application fee to the deposit, and must offer up to six months to pay off the deposit(s).
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Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere? 10 months 1 week ago #17791

I wonder if you designate certain buildings or floors as pet friendly and put a unit amenity on those, then you're charging the same rent whether someone has a pet or not. That could be a way around this.

Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere? 10 months 1 week ago #17792

I was on board with pet rent as some dogs destroy a home the entire year of living on-site. What surprised me was pet rent on Fish, Reptiles, and Birds. Wow, how things change. The 25% of rent for pet deposit (non-refundable) is enough for pets that may destroy the home.
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Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere? 10 months 1 week ago #17794

Responsible pet owners get renters insurance to protect the landlord from damage.

I'd consider requiring that vs pet rent.
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Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere? 10 months 1 week ago #17795

Wow--sounds to me like there is a coming shortage in rental housing coming for Seattle, as landlords and investors begin to think its just not worth the hassle.
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Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere? 10 months 1 week ago #17796

Having been in this industry for almost 5 decades, I am constantly dismayed at the amount of 'government intervention' in the operations of conventionally financed housing. I am an animal lover, and for many years recommended that we take pets. A huge percentage of Americans have pets, and when owners finally gave in, allowing animals was a huge boost to occupancy.
I am fully aware of the possibility of damage and stand firmly with housing providers that we should be protected financially. This will be interesting to follow. I don't think that because Seattle has put this ban in place that it will quickly spread across the US. Our West Coast friends do set many standards that might/have spread. However, this would be a tough sell.
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Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere? 10 months 1 week ago #17802

Yes, I agree with pet damage insurance. Would like to know where an owner can replace carpet for 25% of one months rent?
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Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere? 10 months 1 week ago #17804

Totally agree with you. It seems like the word democracy has been forgotten.
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Pet Rent has been banned in Seattle - Will it be banned elsewhere? 10 months 4 days ago #17816

Update:

This was overturned by the department in charge of enforcing the new ordinance(s) after a lengthy debate by our local NAA association (go WMFHA!).

Housing providers may charge additional rent for keeping a pet, but it must be recurring RENT charge, not as a recurring or one-time fee.
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