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Pets by Anonymous on March 5, 2018 @12:03

So here is my issue. when I bought the attached house to myself I advertised it as no smoking and no pets. After many crack pot applicants I finally found a family that appeared to be of sound mind and body. problem....2 dogs. I begrudgingly wrote up an addendum to allow the dogs. which I tolerated and dealt with. fast forward. both dogs have since passed away. BUT, they went behind my back and found a stray kitten. (I have two cats) so i'm a bit soft in that area.I didn't say anything. THEN they went ahead and adopted a small dog. so far not an issue. BUT NOW....they went ahead and got another one and i am getting tired of this. I looked over my pet addendum and it indicates "Because this agreement specifically prohibits keeping pets without the Owners' permission, Tenants agree to the following terms and conditions in exchange for their permission". So how do I handle this predicament? Can I now up the rent to compensate for the pets? they have been super sneaky about the whole thing. Not sure why since we share a yard. so ridiculous. is there some sort of legal document out there for cease and desist? I've never been a landlord before and this family has been my only renters and i really have no issues otherwise just this pet thing. Thanks for any assistance and or advise.
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Re: Pets by Anonymous on March 5, 2018 @12:38 [ Reply ]
The problem I see is you were not firm in following through on setting the rules down.

You could issue a notice violation if they are doing something outside what is allowed on the lease. They will then have several days to remedy the issue. But I would suggest you forget about that and just end the lease when it comes up. If you are month to month you could give them a 30 day notice to be out on May 1st.
Then start with a new T with better set rules.
Re: Pets by Garry (Iowa) on March 5, 2018 @14:33 [ Reply ]
As a first time LL, please treat this as a learning experience, just as you would if you had to pay for books, tapes, or college classes. I agree with the anon. If you want things to change, wait till the end of the lease, and either up the rent by xxxx to compensate for any future damage the pets may do, or just terminate the lease, and ask them to move. It's your choice, because it's your property. In the future, stick to your guns if you don't want to allow pets. BUT------as you found out, you limit the number of choices you have for future tenants, because roughly 50% of all the tenants out there, either have, or want a pet. And, yes, you can ask for a larger deposit, or more rent, if a T has a pet. However, you should limit a T to 2 pets only. If they have more, turn them away, no matter how good they look on their application.
Re: Pets by Bill Star on April 9, 2018 @21:10 [ Reply ]
When I started out I said no pets for every unit, but ended up with pets in every unit, because people. So now I offer a premium rent on all my units but allow pets (not a separate pet rent because they will sneak them in). In the end, the pet is there, but it's disclosed and I'm making $ on it.

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