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Lotsa Dogs (by Deanna [TX]) Feb 8, 2019 6:52 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by plenty [MO]) Feb 8, 2019 7:01 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by DJ [VA]) Feb 8, 2019 7:33 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by Larry [MN]) Feb 8, 2019 7:41 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by JB [OR]) Feb 8, 2019 7:57 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by Deanna [TX]) Feb 8, 2019 8:28 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by LindaJ [NY]) Feb 8, 2019 8:37 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by Opinionated [NC]) Feb 8, 2019 8:41 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by David [MI]) Feb 8, 2019 8:42 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by AllyM [NJ]) Feb 8, 2019 8:57 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by Nicole [PA]) Feb 8, 2019 9:31 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by Stephen [ON]) Feb 8, 2019 1:31 PM
       Lotsa Dogs (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 8, 2019 3:22 PM
       Lotsa Dogs (by Mtnbunny [CA]) Feb 9, 2019 8:32 AM
       Lotsa Dogs (by TOM [FL]) Feb 9, 2019 9:04 AM

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Lotsa Dogs (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 6:52 AM

This is the time of year where if I had fifty empty houses, I'd be able to fill every one of them. Not necessarily with the best people, but... :)

Had two people call me yesterday afternoon because they had heard through the grapevine that I had houses.

#1's husband was a new police officer in town. She was looking to join him here, but he hadn't pinned down permanent housing. I wasn't going to have anything available until April or May, but she was persistent, so I put her through the usual questions. She wanted a 2-or-3-bedroom, could afford one of my 2-bedroom prices but a 3-bed would probably stretch her budget, and she wanted an enclosed yard. I asked her to tell me about her animals. She had three dogs-- two that weighed 80 lbs, and a smaller one that weighed 20.

#2 was a guy and his wife; they called about an hour later. They wanted a 2-bed or a 3-bed, and could afford my rates. He also had three dogs-- an 80 lb dog, a 60 lb dog, and a 20 lb dog.

So, I just thought it was kind of funny that I had about 350 lbs' worth of dog express interest in applying, all in the space of an hour.


Lotsa Dogs (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 7:01 AM

Anytime there are more dogs (animals) than people I start figuring out how not to rent to them. I've read the average cost for one dog (the average dog) is $800 a year, times that by 3 and add some as these are big dogs! Add that to their monthly expense and they don't have money to pay rent or they are not upkeeping their dogs to a standard. NEXT!!! --184.206.xxx.xxx

Lotsa Dogs (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 7:33 AM

Sounds like they also heard you rent to dogs. What is your limit? Would you take either of these? --68.10.xxx.x

Lotsa Dogs (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 7:41 AM

Having 3 dogs as a renter just shows poor decision making. Next. --73.242.xx.xx

Lotsa Dogs (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 7:57 AM

Larry nailed it. And that goes for the dangerous dog breeds as well. You just gotta ask, what are they thinking? --24.20.xxx.xxx

Lotsa Dogs (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 8:28 AM

Some of my houses are pet-friendly. Others aren't. In theory, we try to keep things at 1 animal, with a 20-lb weight limit, in exchange for $25/month extra pet rent. However, we're willing to consider being flexible for people who show dependability in other aspects of their lives.

If I get fleas from a departing petowner, I lose two months' rent while getting rid of the problem. (So far-- fleas from an indoor-only cat; fleas from someone who took in a feral kitten; and fleas from someone who took in their mom's two Yorkies.) That's my biggest fear with animals.

Second biggest fear is petowners who leave poo lying around. Third biggest fear is damage from claws and chewing to floors/doorframes/blinds/etc. --96.46.xxx.xx

Lotsa Dogs (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 8:37 AM

I take dogs, I currently have a tenant with 3 dogs, 2 larger one very small. BUT I have had her as a tenant for years. She came with 1 dog, but being a vet tech, she picked took the others in when they were left at the clinic or abandoned. I know her well, I know her dogs. There is lots of land with this house.

I probably would not take a new tenant with 3 dogs of any kind, even small one. Personally, I would rather have medium and large dogs over small ones, but not knowing the tenants, their reasons, their responsibility, I probably would not. --108.4.xxx.xx

Lotsa Dogs (by Opinionated [NC]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 8:41 AM

Greater chance that one of the dogs is not house-broken. And if one pees on the floor just once, the others will do so copy-cat. --66.44.xxx.xx

Lotsa Dogs (by David [MI]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 8:42 AM

I charge $1 per lb for monthly pet fee, minimum $35 each pet. So I enjoy quoting people like in the original post pet fees of $150-$200 a month --199.247.xx.xx

Lotsa Dogs (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 8:57 AM

I hope you all know about the Hills Prescription dog food recall. Someone put too much vitamin D in the foods and they can cause kidney failure. Unfortunately I have one of the foods here but the dog that was getting it was only getting a little of it as a supplement. She is ok and I have switched to all home cooked. I am boiling chicken tenders and making corn meal mush and rice cereal and mashing the cooked frozen veggies in the mush and they are getting used to eating it. I have to supply some vitamins like fish oil/E and taurine and the B vitamins.

OK,that said, I take dogs under 20 lbs and also cats and every unit except one has one or two critters. One big unit has two dogs and two cats. These folks have been with me for up to fifteen years since I like animals and don't try to harass any of the tenants due to the animals. I have three rescues myself and the floor is pretty much wrecked from fifty years of dogs but they are such a blessing. --173.61.xxx.xx

Lotsa Dogs (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 9:31 AM

I have been slowly removing fences (or not fixing/replacing as necessary).... pets & kids ... two things I dislike. I certainly accept both but my tenant pool greatly diminishes with no fences and no bath tubs.... that's actually fine with me. --72.70.xxx.xxx

Lotsa Dogs (by Stephen [ON]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 1:31 PM

When it comes to dogs I enforce a two dog limit. Larry is right in his post above, a renter having more than two dogs shows poor decision making but it also shows disrespect for your rental property. You have no obligation to house them or their menagerie. They will not voluntarily pay up for the damage that their animals inflict on your rental unit, that is for sure. --70.27.xxx.xx

Lotsa Dogs (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 3:22 PM

I love dogs but that would create a lot of damage. --73.120.xx.xxx

Lotsa Dogs (by Mtnbunny [CA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2019 8:32 AM

My record for number of pets per applicant is 6 dogs, 3 big ones and 3 small. But "the small ones are less trouble because they just go on 'pee pads' in the house". (!!!)

These applicants actually rejected ME for having too many pet requirements, like having county-required licenses. Whew! --24.23.xx.xxx

Lotsa Dogs (by TOM [FL]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2019 9:04 AM

NICOLE OF PA I did NOT hear that, what was the answer!!!

Charge rent for each DOG 100 per pound. This is NOT a misprint.

YEP thats $18,000 per month over the going rate for monthly rent.

Plus PET FEE of $1000

Most likely that 80 lb dog is a miniature HORSE at about 100lbs. Next time they tell you 80 lb dogs ask them if they come with a saddle. I guarantee you will hear silence on the line or CLICK.


Deanna of TX consider increasing your rent, TRY IT. Triple your present rent and put an ad in the paper or whatever source you use. If your going rent is $1,000 a month, you new ad $3,000 and pets accepted, 2 pets, under 50 pounds any pets over will be an additional $1,000 per month.

HOWEVER, do an in home inspection to see if their present house smells and if the place is chewed up.

$3,000 monthly rent and $3,000 security deposit and pet fee of $3,000. YEP $9,000 before move in.

How much will $6,000 cover in damages? Plus do monthly inspection of the house. And add monthly inspections to your lease.


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