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Renting to Pet owners (by jaindesi [NJ]) Feb 5, 2018 11:32 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by S i d [MO]) Feb 5, 2018 12:17 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by AllyM [NJ]) Feb 5, 2018 2:21 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by jaindesi [NJ]) Feb 5, 2018 2:31 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by david [KY]) Feb 5, 2018 3:24 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by art [AZ]) Feb 5, 2018 8:14 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by art [AZ]) Feb 5, 2018 8:14 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Feb 5, 2018 10:02 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Feb 5, 2018 10:02 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by cjo'h [CT]) Feb 5, 2018 10:55 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by DJ [VA]) Feb 6, 2018 4:50 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Vee [OH]) Feb 6, 2018 7:44 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 7, 2018 3:43 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Gwen [NY]) Feb 7, 2018 6:18 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Robin [FL]) Feb 8, 2018 7:00 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Brian Vaughan [TN]) Feb 8, 2018 7:02 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by kkezir [KS]) Feb 8, 2018 7:17 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Terri Cull [LA]) Feb 8, 2018 7:47 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by April [KS]) Feb 8, 2018 7:50 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by daveb [MN]) Feb 8, 2018 8:18 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Karmen [OR]) Feb 8, 2018 9:12 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 8, 2018 9:43 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Peggy MacArthur [VA]) Feb 8, 2018 10:02 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Mickie [OH]) Feb 8, 2018 10:26 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by wayde [MI]) Feb 8, 2018 5:42 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Honey [LA]) Feb 9, 2018 4:00 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Clay P [GA]) Feb 9, 2018 8:26 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Dave Simpson [OR]) Feb 10, 2018 12:00 AM
       Renting to Pet owners (by Honey [LA]) Feb 11, 2018 8:56 PM
       Renting to Pet owners (by GWC [OR]) Feb 18, 2018 3:25 PM


Renting to Pet owners (by jaindesi [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2018 11:32 AM
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What is your take on renting to pet owners? How do you make sure dog is not aggressive and not damage my property. Also worried about after they leave, my house will smell like a dog. I know you can charge more rent and deposit, just not sure what to do from a landlord perspective.

--65.118.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2018 12:17 PM
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Hi jaindesi,

We discuss this topic here frequently, so if you want a treasure trove of good information use the "Search" tool above for 2017.

I do rent to pet owners. $150 up front FEE (not a deposit, a FEE) and $15 added to the rent. Fee is not refundable, by definition, even if fluffy dies 10 seconds after he moves in. Fluffy may have brought in fleas during the first 9 seconds, and we won't know until fluffy is gone and I get keys back. I will reduce the monthly rent down once I have proof the animal is gone and will never return, provided no damages have been done (I inspect first).

Over 60% of renters have pets. If you exclude them, be aware your tenant pool will be cut by more than half. There are probably some niche rentals that would do well with a no pet policy, especially for folks who suffer from dog danger, etc.

Regarding aggressive dog behavior: I have to meet the dog at it's current home (that's important, so you can see/smell what your rental unit will look/smell like soon) before approval. I start taking mental notes the minute I walk up. Is dog inside barking constantly? Does it start barking once I ring the doorbell/knock and does it ever shut up once I'm there? Does it act aggressive toward me? Can the owner control it? --173.17.xx.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2018 2:21 PM
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I allow cats and ask that there is one litter box for each and the limit of cats is two. I take small dogs up to twenty lbs full grown which eliminates bull dog breeds. Yes, I will probably have to replace some carpet but people with dogs or cats stay a long time and I make money by not having the unit empty for two months every year or so. --73.33.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by jaindesi [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2018 2:31 PM
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Thank you for your responses...looks like I am going to allow it and financially it makes sense. --65.118.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by david [KY]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2018 3:24 PM
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I have a list of Restricted Dog Breeds I do not accept in my lease on a separate page. Also read up on ESA and Service animal law. Call your insurance as well to see if they have any issues with any breeds or animals where they will not cover.

I also do not take cats at all. They are the worst. I can;t tell you how many places took forever to clean because of cat urine while I mumbled "never again".

Do a home visit before you finalize an application you approve. Do not tell them you are going to do this till you know where they live and it's legit. You will see how they live and how filthy there animal is. If the animal is threatening in any manner you can say no as well even if service animal. Hence read up on law.

Then there is Renter's Insurance I recommend you make them get before they get keys. 300k liability policy runs about 160 bucks a year. Have them pay for full year and bring you declaration page or proof before give keys if go that route.

Then ehhh we charge a pet fee(not deposit) to even have the pet at the house. Then we charge them more rent as well. Inspections every 3 months. I don't call them inspections. i say I am coming over to change out the furnace filter which is true. --173.239.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by art [AZ]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2018 8:14 PM
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Think pets, I have rear fenced yards in each one of my 10 units. So it works well for me to rent with people with pets. Generally they stay longer with that said, the in the overall income is better for me. Like other good ideas here. I would absolutely have a separate pet agreement. Also make the people have a personal insurance agreement. In case things go wrong. The expense coming out of their personal insurance not your pocket. Also, always, always inspect the dog or cat before you accept it by going to their current home. It will tell you an awful lot about the dog and also the quality of the people that would be moving into your place. You can also increase the security deposit with a head over the general security deposit and either keep the entire deposit at the end of the lease, or a part of it. Some people charge more per month to when they have an animal than just the general rental cost of the unit. Also in your rental agreement put in a statement that the renter is responsible for 100% of any animal damage in any manner to anybody or the apartment in general. Now days. It's a fad that too many people need a service dog for their emotional shortcomings. So you'll automatically find people wanting to rent your unit that have a service dog. You cannot charge any security deposit for service dogs that is a national law. But you can put other typical restraints on the service dog such as it has to be on a leash and items like that. Somebody's got to take care of man's best friend. So why don't you do it with your apartment --24.251.xxx.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by art [AZ]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2018 8:14 PM
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Think pets, I have rear fenced yards in each one of my 10 units. So it works well for me to rent with people with pets. Generally they stay longer with that said, the in the overall income is better for me. Like other good ideas here. I would absolutely have a separate pet agreement. Also make the people have a personal insurance agreement. In case things go wrong. The expense coming out of their personal insurance not your pocket. Also, always, always inspect the dog or cat before you accept it by going to their current home. It will tell you an awful lot about the dog and also the quality of the people that would be moving into your place. You can also increase the security deposit with a head over the general security deposit and either keep the entire deposit at the end of the lease, or a part of it. Some people charge more per month to when they have an animal than just the general rental cost of the unit. Also in your rental agreement put in a statement that the renter is responsible for 100% of any animal damage in any manner to anybody or the apartment in general. Now days. It's a fad that too many people need a service dog for their emotional shortcomings. So you'll automatically find people wanting to rent your unit that have a service dog. You cannot charge any security deposit for service dogs that is a national law. But you can put other typical restraints on the service dog such as it has to be on a leash and items like that. Somebody's got to take care of man's best friend. So why don't you do it with your apartment --24.251.xxx.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2018 10:02 PM
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I don't take cats. I dont take dogs under one year of age. Dogs get interviewed and must be clean (groomed), under control, mannerly, and happy to meet and approach strangers, showing confidence and good cheer.

When calling current and prior landlord ask if there were complaints about the dog and if there was dog damage.

I have a list of breeds I won't rent to. I find I have to specify no pitbulls, no pitbull mixes, and nothing that looks like a pitbull or a pitbull cross because pitbull owners are always trying to pass their dog off as something else.

I stopped accepting birds because they toss bird seed all over and that brings in mice --174.216.x.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2018 10:02 PM
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I don't take cats. I dont take dogs under one year of age. Dogs get interviewed and must be clean (groomed), under control, mannerly, and happy to meet and approach strangers, showing confidence and good cheer.

When calling current and prior landlord ask if there were complaints about the dog and if there was dog damage.

I have a list of breeds I won't rent to. I find I have to specify no pitbulls, no pitbull mixes, and nothing that looks like a pitbull or a pitbull cross because pitbull owners are always trying to pass their dog off as something else.

I stopped accepting birds because they toss bird seed all over and that brings in mice --174.216.x.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2018 10:55 PM
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Jain,easy to know how aggressive the dog is.Just put your hand in front of his face,depending on how much blood you see on the floor,that's how aggressive he is?...............Charlie.........................no blood,nice doggy..................... --174.199.xx.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Feb 6, 2018 4:50 PM
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In addition to what others have said: My pet addendum includes a description of each pet along with a full-body photograph, certification that it is fixed & vaccinated, and veterinarian information so I can verify everything. I also have them bring their dog with them to the showing, where I expect it to demonstrate basic good manners. If the dog is not allowed in their car, it's not allowed in my house. --68.105.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 6, 2018 7:44 PM
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If you rent to a pet owner chances are a pet will be coming - I couldn't resist - Do a home visit to see how much paint is rubbed from the existing fence, does the yard smell like a zoo, I always want photo vet records - medical or actual pet... --76.188.xxx.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2018 3:43 PM
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Great screening question - will your vet give you a positive reference? --24.101.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by Gwen [NY]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2018 6:18 PM
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Do not rent to section 8 tenants with pets. That's a recipe for disaster. --74.70.xx.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by Robin [FL]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 7:00 AM
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I accept pets and my pet addendum is very specific in the number of pets permitted (2 max), size restriction, the additional rules regarding damage from the pets, and it lists the pet identifying info (name, breed, weight).

I charge a $250 non-refundable fee per pet, an additional $50 deposit per pet, and additional $10 rent per month per pet.

My lease forbids exotic pets and aquariums. --108.188.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by Brian Vaughan [TN]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 7:02 AM
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Nashville area. We charge $200 Non refundable Pet Fee, plus $20 additional per month.

--69.138.xxx.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by kkezir [KS]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 7:17 AM
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We allow pets. We allow a max of 2. We charge a pet deposit of 1/2 months rent which is the max allow per KS statue. We charge $15/mon/pet. My market could bear a higher pet rent however others don't charge the max allowed for deposit.

We do not allow pit or pit mixes due to insurance. I like to meet the pet before approval and see where it lives.

We currently collect an extra $195/mon or $2340/yr in pet rent

Some of my older tenants do pay pet rent and then there is a small group that pay $10/mon/pet due to be grandfathered in. But all new tenants pay $15/pet.

I should do some calling around to see what others are doing in my area. --165.201.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by Terri Cull [LA]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 7:47 AM
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We allow pets. It definitely opens up the market. To be honest I have yet to encounter severe damage from any pet. It's the owners that cause damage when we have it. We, like many, charge a one-time fee of $200 per pet. Again, a fee is non-refundable, unlike a deposit. If we get reports of smelly yards/back patio areas, excessive barking, etc., we address it with the tenant immediately. We also require folks who have 'dangerous breeds' to provide proof of insurance that covers if their dog bites someone. Technically, that doesn't protect me, as you can pretty much sue anyone associated with an issue in Louisiana, but it helps. I inquired with my insurance company about dangerous breed coverage for me as landlord and they seemed a little confused about the question. In the end I basically got a "it's probably good if you don't allow them but nothing in your policy prevents it." It's a major insurance company you all would know well. --173.216.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by April [KS]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 7:50 AM
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Kkezir - I'm in KS as well and my pet terms are very similar. I don't collect pet deposits, though, I collect "Pet Placement Fees" which takes the pet deposit refund off the table. I charge $150 for pets under 35 lbs and $200 for pets over 35 lbs. No size restriction. Max of 2 pets. Must be dog or cat only and over 1 year. Pet rent $15 per pet. I also don't have a breed restriction. If an applicant has an aggressive breed I can accept their dog with written proof that their renter's insurance policy will cover potential claims arising from the dog. This shifts the burden for denial or acceptance of the applicant on their insurer and not on me. If they can provide proof, I'm good and everyone has peace of mind - including the applicant. Fyi - I've replaced more carpet from small dogs who urinated by the 100's and from larger field breeds such as labradors and goldens who's oily coats saturated the carpet and pro carpet cleaners couldn't extract the smells. So I find a lot of the common pet criteria around size and breed not real relevant. So many households have pets that I'd be losing a huge share of the tenant pool to not allow them. Plus, they bring many families so much joy, including my own household, that the costs from pet damage outweigh the benefits. I have a Fido station in our apartment community tenants love it. dog owners congregate and meet each other in our dog walk area. I don't provide a Fido station or extras for the duplexes or SFHs of course. I also know all the pets names and always visit with them when I'm there for a work order. I think tenants are very happy to have a place who appreciates their pets so I'm pro pets forever! --24.124.xx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by daveb [MN]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 8:18 AM
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If I would have never permitted pets (especially cats) in my houses I would have saved way way way more than what I gained on deposits and increased rents..... one bad cat can cause many many thousands in damage.. hard to collect... --129.42.xxx.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by Karmen [OR]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 9:12 AM
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Here is our property pet policy :

You If you are bringing your pet (up to two pets, up to 35 pounds) onto the premises, then provide verifiable proof, that the pet is at least one (1) year old, has all current shots, all immunizations and is neutered or spayed. Refundable pet fee is $300 and monthly pet rent is $25. We have dedicated pet area. --170.173.x.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 9:43 AM
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jaindesi,

We LOVE pets!

We market to pet owners!

We encourage residents to adopt a pet

because...

These little critters bring us TONS of extra income.

$150 Non-Refundable Animal Registration Fee per animal

$35 per month on the rent.

We have virtually ZERO animal problems because

-carpet free homes

-2 Minute In Home Visit prior to final approval. We have met the pet and smelled their home.

Vet records and weight limits do nothing to protect the LL. Even stinky pets with owners who don't pick up poo will have vet records.

Small dogs do the most damage. Big dogs just lay around.

BRAD

--68.51.xx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by Peggy MacArthur [VA]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 10:02 AM
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My husband is a veterinarian, and we have basic rules that should be used by everyone. Animal must be spayed or neutered with a veterinary certificate. Must be current on vaccines, especially rabies. Must have city liscense, which requires rabies vaccine. Size & breed restrictions. We have become good customers of the company - Urine Off. They have products that will salvage your carpet & pad if you follow directions.

We go over rules of cleaning up after your pet & where to dispose of feces. Any violation of cleaning up is cause for animal to be removed from property and/or eviction. --98.166.xxx.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by Mickie [OH]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 10:26 AM
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I accept pets in homes where it makes sense(no carpet etc). The pet fee is 160.00 and 35.00 pet rent per pet per month. I signed a lease recently for a place that normally rents out at 650.00 per month and with to pets - both of which I met first ( cat and dog) the total rent per month is 720.00. As already suggested search Q&A to find out about things like OdorXit as well as good and bad experiences others have had. --174.232.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by wayde [MI]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2018 5:42 PM
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I make thousands a year on monthly pet fees. My pet agreement has the following clause in it.

"If there is found more than five (5) piles of excrement in the yard the tenantís pet fee will increase monthly by one dollar per pile over the first five, i.e. if twenty piles are found the pet fee will increase by $ 15.00 per month." It can become very expensive real quick.

--68.41.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by Honey [LA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2018 4:00 AM
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We charge an upfront PET Deposit that is refundable at the end of the lease or whenever the animal ceases to live in a particular unit. We charge $500 for dogs that are not on the list that was provided on MRLANDLORD Site a few years ago. We Deduct $100 for professional cleaning before the next guy moves in.

This gives the Tenant the incentive to keep their pet well behaved because they want their money back. And it is understandable to leave a cleaning fee on the table because that next guy may be allergic to animals. I use that $100 all the time. I rarely have to keep anything out of the original damage deposit.

allow 2 pets max w/$500 for each and $100 cleaning fee for each. If they don't like it, they go live somewhere else. That's a lot of incentive and they work harder to get their $$$ back. But everybody still seems to be in the dark about SERVICE ANIMALS, ETC! I want to see a notarized doctor's report on this issue. --24.252.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by Clay P [GA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2018 8:26 AM
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Re: Excluding dog breeds. Fighting dogs, etc.

Many pet owners, such as owners of pitbulls, akitas, or chows, will get very bent out of shape that their breed is characterized as dangerous.

To avoid that, and to allow good pet owners with these breeds to rent from us, our policy is:

"Pitbulls and other fighting or attack breeds are not permitted without certification from a licensed and bonded Canine Training Professional certifying the safety of the animal. "

That is, they get a bill of good mental health.

We've had no problems with dogs. --108.249.xxx.xx




Renting to Pet owners (by Dave Simpson [OR]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2018 12:00 AM
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In OR you canít charge a pet rent AND a pet deposit. One or the other. HOWEVER I have noticed an alarming trend - just say it is a ďservice anamalĒ and ALL bets are off. You cannot charge eather a pet deposit OR pet rent and you must accept the Anaminal REGARDLESS OF SIZE OR WEIGHT. MY tenants are always finding this out and that ties my hands. So even if you take pets or you donít you are SOL. --75.175.xx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by Honey [LA]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2018 8:56 PM
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Landlords and Ladies, let's keep abreast of what is going on currently in the news regarding DELTA AIRLINES! Someone tried to get her PEACOCK on the plane, claiming it was an EMOTIONAL pet. The lawyers got involved. Delta reps told them the animal was not the right size and not the right weight. So far, so good. The lawyers apparently were satisfied, although the article didn't make it clear whose side they were on. --24.252.xxx.xxx




Renting to Pet owners (by GWC [OR]) Posted on: Feb 18, 2018 3:25 PM
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I have 10 single family homes in Oregon. I was at the three day workshop two years ago and learned the best tip: Allow animals!

Lets say, the rent is $1,100 a month on average. I know I can advertise that same property for $1,250 which includes one dog/service animal.

I have made over $8,000 more using this strategy the past two years.

Going to the conference this May to learn more little nuggets like this one.

--65.130.xx.xx





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