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Old 02-22-2011, 06:45 AM   #1
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I know quite a few folks here own rentals, as do I. Do any of you allow pets?
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:50 AM   #2
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no no no no no no no no. if i catch them with a pet, it is automatic forfeiture of deposit money no matter how "clean" the animal is.

on a more serious side, no matter how clean the tenants or animal is, there is a good chance of someone renting right after them that is highly allergic to whatever critter the person before has. i have been involved in rentals for close to 25 years now and have yet to see the first house that an animal lived in that wasnt trashed.


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We do for certain. It's a real money maker, nice profit center and have never had a problem. Nice bump in the rent each month $25-$50, additional pet security deposit of $250-$500, sometimes a non-refundable fee at lease signing. Ca-ching.

No cats though. Only certain dogs.
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I allow them with extra pet security deposit. Small dog or a cat. Currently only one of my tenants has chihuahua. I figure kids can easily be more destructive than a pet, though I honestly hadn't thought about the allergy/next tenant angle much.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:37 AM   #5
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I will say on average most LL dont. But we do, and have pets ourselfs so are more understanding.
Charge a extra pet deposit and $30.00 extra per month.
If unit has new carpet then charge higher.
Tenants seem to stay longer and just charge enough extra for worst case, carpet replacement.
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Only pets that are spade or neutered, along with a monthly pet fee and extra security deposit.
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Thanks for the responses. Allowing them was my thought also. Seems we are leaving money on the table each month. Glad to see my idea isn't so goofy.
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I think it depends on the circumstances. I allow them, but have only single family homes and duplexes.

If you have an apt. complex, you have to consider the neighbors in close proximity.

When people rent a stand-alone home, they expect to be able to have a pet.

In my area, I would be at a great disadvantage if I didn't allow pets.

Finally, all of my current tenants have pets, some both dogs and cats.

What is carpet anyway?
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I allow pets but DO NOT allow kids. Kids do far far far more damage then any dog. I only draw the line with Pit Bulls and want to meet a Rottie before allowing it. I know this pizzes off some people but that's a fact and that's my rules.
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Have you had any troubles regarding not allowing children and the law? Maybe it is allowed in Texas, or you have just gotten by?
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:24 PM   #11
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I believe this is a federal law as well covered under ADA but for sure is a California one... Service animals and doctor proscribed (yes they do proscribe it) pets for people with depression etc must be rented to with a reasonable increases in rent/deposit. In general dogs under 25 lbs, cats, fish, birds etc are ok with a pet fee per month and a higher deposit.
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Pets are allowed with a rent increase. Higher deposit also.
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I owned, no longer do, a 3 family and a 4 family.

My experience is, you better allow and get paid for it. There is not doubt they will get a pet regardless if you want it or not.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:03 PM   #14
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We found renters quicker once we allowed pets. We did not want to at first but every call seemed to be people with pets.

It has worked for us so far.

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