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Pet Friendly Contingencies by Jason (PA) on January 31, 2018 @23:21

                              
Please forgive my ignorance, as I am very new to this wonderful world of landlordship.

I have one unit that I am struggling to get rented and am considering accepting someone with a dog. Here is a list of requirements for the dog and please throw more suggestions in:
1) dog only; $35/mo additional rent; 25 lb max per dog
2) dog must be UTD on vaccinations (rabies, kennel cough - the works)
3) dog must be on flea preventative care 12-months out of the year
4) owner must clean up yard from dog (obvious to me, but probably not to others)
5) additional security deposit required for dog (1-month)
6) dog must do its business outside - NOT in a litter box
7) dog must be sterilized (spayed/neuetered)
8) dog must be housebroken
9) dog must be friendly (so when the LL comes to repair...)

Any additional insurance they should be required to carry..?

Anything else..?
Thanks in advance.
Jason
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Re: Pet Friendly Contingencies by mdk0420 on February 1, 2018 @03:42 [ Reply ]
There's just a few issues that I see. The most important one is the additional security deposit. Keep in mind that any "security deposit" is a security deposit in itself. You can only have 2 months of security deposit for the first year, and at the start of the second year only 1 month can be required which means you would have to forfeit that additional security deposit for the pet.

It might be better to word the "security deposit" as a "pet fee" that is non refundable. Or raise the additional rent to say, $50. Maybe even make it their choice. Pay more in the long run, or give a large pet fee right away.

You can set the rules however you want with pets, even restricting them to certain areas of the house. Almost impossible to enforce though. There aren't many laws in PA about pets. The only major law about it have to do with disabilities. No disabilities can be required to be disclosed, however if they give you the piece of paper that the dog is a helper dog, whether a companion pet or a see and eye dog, etc, then you cannot refuse that pet. You can still set rules though. And any damage from the pet will still be on the tenants dime.

I know a lot of landlords will require an application fee in that scenario. After all, there are a lot more reasons that you can deny them for, even if you can't deny a service animal. But keep in mind that its also illegal to discriminate based on a disability, which is what a service dog is for. If the practice of an application fee is not applied fairly to everyone, then it is discrimination. Just food for thought.
Re: Pet Friendly Contingencies by Anonymous on February 1, 2018 @23:51 [ Reply ]
1) dog only; $35/mo additional rent; 25 lb max per dog
- reasonable and common

2) dog must be UTD on vaccinations (rabies, kennel cough - the works)
- unreasonable to insist on vaccinations other than what is legally required (rabies)

3) dog must be on flea preventative care 12-months out of the year
- unreasonable, flea treatments are a medication and dogs are living creatures, not all tolerate medications the same

4) owner must clean up yard from dog (obvious to me, but probably not to others)
- reasonable and common

5) additional security deposit required for dog (1-month)
- as another poster said, don't do something that will bump up against what your state considers a security deposit. you're already wanting to collect extra rent for the pet

6) dog must do its business outside - NOT in a litter box
- dogs don't use the litter box, and again, this is subjective. some dogs are trained to use pee pee pads, especially during bad weather

7) dog must be sterilized (spayed/neuetered)
- as a pet owner, i agree with spaying/neutering pets, but why would this matter to you as a landlord?

8) dog must be housebroken
- subjective, all dogs will have an accident every now and then

9) dog must be friendly (so when the LL comes to repair...)
- subjective, how friendly is friendly? tenants should be instructed to segregate their animals when the landlord or their agents come to the property. a dog can injure someone by being overly FRIENDLY as well as overly mean

There's an old saying - lower your rent, not your standards. You don't want pets in your rental, this is apparent by your exhaustive list that can't possibly be met. Don't accept pets.

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