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  1. DarkCougar555
    August 13, 2014

    Being responsible is the key. That’s only one way that pet owners won’t have to give their beloved pets up for adoption. But, please be aware that some regional areas or cities could have a lack of ‘pets friendly’ apartments in any state. That depends where you live in, I suppose… If there are so many ‘no allowed pets’ apartments, then it must be much difficult for pet owners to find a new place…

    Not everyone can afford a house (not an apartment).

  2. Kathy
    January 20, 2014

    what if you bought a home move in with the pets and found out you were defrauded and the home went into foreclosure and end up renting it and now the land lord is bitching about your pets and they’re ordor.

    • Dominique Brown
      January 27, 2014

      I suggest you contact an attorney as soon as possible!

  3. jillian
    May 27, 2013

    When you find an apartment and go over the lease with owner, this is when you can ask questions and clarify rules of the particular apartment.

    If the owner has a no pet clause, you are not being forced to live there, move on.

    Quit destroying peoples property and signing a legal document that you intend on failing to comply with.

    Once again, no one is forcing you to live in a specific place with specific rules, it is your choice, respect them or keep fishing.

    I’m currently going through hell as a landlord.. my nightmare tenant verbally and legally signed to a no pets clause, no smoking clause, etc etc. Totally has neglected all my rules and my property is now destroyed.

    Once again, if you are looking for a place for pets or whatever, make sure you respect the owners specifications, its simple.

  4. Peter
    April 18, 2013

    I can’t believe the audacity of the pet owners on this board. I own a condo that I put my life savings into, and unfortunately had to move because I lost my job. I realize that some pet owners are responsible, but I’ve also seen first hand the damage a dog can do to a place, so I decided to rent my property with a no pets policy (for less money I might add). How in gods name can you say that it is my responsibility to provide housing for someones pet? Like it or not, my house is my investment…..MY PROPERTY. I’m responsible for the mortgage, insurance, taxes, upkeep etc… the list goes on and on.

    I find the sense of entitlement on this board irritating. What gives you the right to demand that landlords accommodate your pet? How dare you! You are not entitled to an ideal set of conditions in life, pet owner or not.

    And to the veterinarian, SHAME ON YOU! How dare you accuse landlords of being responsible for the deaths of animals. Your assertion is ignorant, baseless, fallacious, misguided, pathetic and downright stupid. The fact that your logic resides entirely on ignorant assumptions makes me scared to think that you’re actually a veterinarian.

    And to the renters of the world, sorry, no pets. Its not personal to you or your animal. Look elsewhere, there are plenty of properties that are more than happy to accommodate you. HOWEVER, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED (or work hard, save up and buy your own house).

  5. Lauren
    February 25, 2013

    This is yet another example of ignorant and anal landlords. Have you ever heard of a pet deposit? I am a single female and I own a small dog. She is house trained and only barks when someone is near the door (something I find to be a plus while living alone).
    I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to search through page after page of seemingly perfect potential apartments only to find out that they don’t allow pets or only cats (which tend to be worse than dogs in most cases.) There is recourse for tenants who owe money on damages for an apartment. It is called rental history and collections. If damages are such an issue for you as a property owner perhaps you shouldn’t rent at all. As I am sure you have observed, people can be just as nasty as animals. Also, if a tenant allows their animal to wreck their house chances are they don’t have to much regard for the property to begin with.

    • Dominique Brown
      February 25, 2013

      No welcome to my blog. Did you read the red text before the post?

      • Lauren
        February 25, 2013

        Yes. What’s your point?

      • Dominique Brown
        February 25, 2013

        My tenants are Section 8 and DSS tenants with 100% government assistance. If my properties where in a suburban area of Norther VA where I live, then my pet policies would adhere to the prospective tenant I would get. However, my experience as a landlord in this particular area has required me to enforce strict pet policies. I appreciate your comment, nonetheless, but I doubt your opinion will make me change the way I do business in this area. Feel free to check out my other articles and share your opinion. Last, but not least.. have you ever tried to squeeze a pet fee out of a tenant who relies on 100% government assistance to pay their rent?

  6. Aubrey
    February 4, 2013

    I find this pretty sad. If all apartment owners think this way, then I’m guessing I’m going to have to fall more into debt by buying a house, just to own a dog. My daughter has never experienced the joy of having a loyal friend like a dog and the fact that she doesn’t have too long to live makes it worse, since she’s always been a dog lover.

    • Dominique Brown
      February 4, 2013

      I’m pretty sure apartment complexes are a bit more lenient and can bake the price of letting tenants have a dog into “doing business” but I own single family homes and dogs/cats etc etc do more damage than the tenants to my places. Once you spend 6k on repairing a place with no recourse, you might feel otherwise. Again, this is from an owners perspective only.

    • C.
      February 5, 2013

      Dear Aubrey,
      It sounds like you have enough on your hands if your daughter is fatally ill. I hope she will experience true friendships with humans who would love her during her short time on earth.
      I love dogs and have had them or have had neighbors with them, but am overwhelmed by the sheer number of dogs in many cities and suburbs. It appears lots of someones are making money selling puppies and dog food. Many owners do not have time to keep their pets company and do not socialize them well enough. Plus, how much poop can we keep walking over or discarding? Just today in east Arlington, VA, I saw a nice apartment building with many piles of feces of several sizes on the little strip of green around it. Not just disgusting, but disease carrying, too.
      It used to be that pets were a luxury since they cost quite a bit to raise properly, but now have become a required accessory or status symbol for too many humans. There are many people who take more care of their pets than other folks, too, which is disturbing–even to the current Pope.

      • Lauren
        February 25, 2013

        Do you walk around in a plastic bubble too? Most suburban and urban areas require that you clean up after your pet. Secondly, if you think there hasn’t been animal feces from domestic or wild animals for thousands of years maybe you shouldn’t leave your house. No one is telling you to pick it up with your bare hands or walk through it. Although sidewalks are a good option.

  7. pet owner
    July 12, 2012

    http://www.petside.com/article/new-research-finds

    This is one of the most ridiculous lists I have ever come across. If a pet is making messes and being destructive it's not the animal at fault, but the owner, and you would most likely have problems with this person pet or no pet. As a dog owner I know the challenges of finding an apt. that is nice AND allows pets and this post is an ignorant example of part of the problem. My dog is cleaner and better behaved then most people and I don't think I should be covered with a blanket judgement just bc you don't like dog hair. In regards to health concerns for children check out the link above. Douche.

    • URFinanceSimple
      July 12, 2012

      Hello fellow dog owner. I’m a dog owner as well and in my rentals, I will never allow pets. Sorry. No pets allowed.

      Ohh name calling.. Since we are being childish.

      “I know you are but what am I”

  8. Fetesha Downs
    May 18, 2012

    Hmmm. While I'm of different opinion on this one, it's still good to remember the downside to pets in rentals. I think it really depends on the renters. How they present and treat their own property can be an indicator of how a pet fits into the equation.

    • URFinanceSimple
      May 18, 2012

      I tend to agree that it depends on the owners, but as a landlord you never know how good a tenant is until they've been at your rental for a long time. I rather just keep pets out, since they provide more issues than advantages for me.

  9. Bob Ostrow
    March 26, 2012

    It would be more effective to not rent to irresponsible people. Pets don't destroy property. Thoughtless pet owners do.

    • YFS
      March 26, 2012

      Of course it will be more effective to rent to responsible people. That's a given. If I have 2 responsible people and one has a pet. I'm picking the one without a pet.

      I've provided ample evidence for my decision. What are your reasons for allowing tenants to have pets in your properties?

  10. 101 Centavos
    February 17, 2012

    Even though there's plenty of responsible pet owners who keep a spotless home, those idiot renters that don't drive the policy. Tough nuts to you if you're a renter, it's just the way it is.

  11. Aloysa @ My Broken C
    February 16, 2012

    I have to admit (and you won't like it) that I got my cat and my pug when I was renting and was not allowed to have any pets. And my pug did poop and pee all over the place because he was only 4 months old, not housebroken. We lived like this for about 4 months and the bought our first place. I did not even feel bad about it because the place was ghetto-ish anyway. If it would be a nice place, with great neighbors and nice neighborhood, I probably would feel different about it.

    • YFS
      February 16, 2012

      Ouch.. I know your landlord hated you once he found out you had a pet. Did you get you full security deposit back?

    • C.
      February 5, 2013

      Aloysa is exactly the type of tenant that property owners/managers dread. No pets means no pets. You are not an exception because you believe you are special or above the rules or your pets are different.

      (Seriously, think about what you would want in your home! Do not do unto others as you would not have them do unto you. And how would a landlord visit a prospective tenant’s current place?
      Trade places when you are able to buy your own place and rent it out–see how you’d like to rent to you and your animals. (Or children))

      Pets, especially when very young or elderly, are generally incontinent, pee and often leave an ammoniacal smell which, even using different cleaning and enzymatic compounds, will still leave a residual, noticeable odor. They take as much work as children.

      I bought a house which turned out to have had a cat peeing in a corner of the wall-to-wall carpeting over the oak floors. It had seeped into the padding and the floor. Fortunately, with removal of the carpeting and sanding of the floors (you can only sand twice before there isn’t enough wood left, and the floor has to be replaced.) Other animals can smell it and pee in the same area to cover it with their odor. The cat in my house probably smelled racoons outdoors, according to a carpet sales person. A basement door had had scratches up and down it from the previous owner’s dog which was locked down there at times.

      I’d prefer to find an apartment building without pets as well as renting one to someone without pets. Learn to make human friends!

  12. Small House Design
    February 15, 2012

    Well, I agree to a point but I must say we allow our tenants to have pets, and here's why:

    We want them to be very happy and stay a long time.

    That said, we do require a $500. pet fee upfront (per pet) in addition to their security deposit. Not a pet deposit, but a fee.. never to be seen again as I tell them.

    We have on occasion had damages that ate up the fee plus all the deposit.. but rarely over.

    And we've had happy tenants stay in our homes for 5+ years, which saves us a ton of money!

    dee :)

    • YFS
      February 16, 2012

      Great job on the 500 dollar fee! I understand you want you tenants to stay a long time but have you considered multi-year leases?

  13. Andrea @SoOverDebt
    February 14, 2012

    I had 2 small dogs when I rented and I was very conscientious about keeping the house clean – especially the floors. I also put down a separate pet deposit in case the carpet needed to be replaced. When it came time to move out, the landlord thought I'd gotten rid of the dogs because there was no evidence whatsoever.

    I understand that most people aren't as picky as I am, and I can understand why landlords are hesitant to allow renters with pets. But it does make it awfully hard for pet owners to find a place. Personally, I think landlords should visit the current homes of potential renters who want to bring pets. If the place they have reeks of pee, tell them no! If it's clean and the pets are well taken care of, maybe consider letting them bring the pets as long as they pay a separate deposit.

    • YFS
      February 14, 2012

      I understand your point of view but this is a case of a few bad apples ruining the bunch. It would be too much hassle to go to a possible tenants prior home to view how they are living. Just like investing prior results do not predict future success. Meaning, how they treated the old place has nothing to do with how they will treat your place. For me it's just not worth the hassle.

  14. Laura
    February 14, 2012

    Im always disappointed to see these type of posts discriminating against pet owners. Currently my husband & I are traveling long term but once we get back to the states we want to buy a dog but what holds us back a bit is worrying we won't be able to find a rentable unit that allows pets. I've found while traveling, it's really just the US that has this issue. Australia, Europe & even Asian countries seem to be better with this. They just require professional cleaners at the renters expense once they vacate. Makes most sense to me.

    • YFS
      February 14, 2012

      Most apartments will cater to tenants with pets. As a landlord who rents out single family homes I just can't allow them in my units because of the additional hassle. Nothing against pet owners. I own a dog myself and unfortunately, I'm in the process of replacing my carpet with hardwood floors. It took me forever to get the smell out and let me tell you professional cleaning wasn't the trick.

      I have a Bichon Poodle. What kind of dog are you thinking of getting?

  15. UltimateSmartMoney
    February 14, 2012

    Allowing pet is a tricky decision as a landlord. I decided to allow a small dog because I could not find a decent tenant. I hope it works out for me. I asked the renter to clean the carpet before they leave. I guess I have to perform a thorough inspection of the house once they leave…

    • YFS
      February 14, 2012

      The problem is that pet pee sinks to the bottom of the carpet thus any carpet cleaning isn't deep enough to get the smell out. I suggest your use a black light against the carpets when they leave to find the pee stains.

  16. The Happy Homeowner
    February 14, 2012

    This is a tough one because I'm all for pet owners having good options for apartments, but I also cringe at the thought of ever allowing pets in one of my rental units (if I owned any, although I hope to within the next few years).

    I'd probably only do so with a hefty pet deposit and a separate lease rider spelling out additional pet-related details. But if it were a multi-family building, it would have to be a 'no' simply for the comfort and satisfaction of all tenants (but I would certainly cry a bit for all those cute cats & dogs…haha!).

    • YFS
      February 14, 2012

      I understand your point of view but when it comes to maintenance, cleaning up after a pet is torture! Plan on replacing your carpets a lot and paying extra to clean the place.

  17. BE @ BusyExecutiveMo
    February 13, 2012

    I never allowed pets when i owned rental property. I just found them to bring too many issues. Plus, pet owners deserve to have a completely tolerant environment. For a multi-family unit situation, it just was not possible.

    • YFS
      February 13, 2012

      Exactly, multi-family units are already tough to deal with now add a yappy dog in the mix and you have tenants moving out earlier than you want.

      • Dollar D @ The Dolla
        February 14, 2012

        That's actually something we haven't experienced yet since they have all been rented out since we bought them. I'm sure the one with the little dog is going to take some work i think the extra money we've been making will cover it.

  18. Dollar D @ The Dolla
    February 13, 2012

    We allow pets but we also charge more for them: a pet deposit up-front and a $20/mo "pet rent" fee.

    Pet owners know they have to pay extra to rent. Plus, so many renters have pets that we've actually changed our application from saying "Do you have any pets" to "What kind of pets do you have"

    • YFS
      February 13, 2012

      Thank goodness the area where I have rentals pet owners are few and far between. Did you experience greater repair costs for tenants with pets over tenants without pets after the tenant moves out?

  19. Jeremy @ Modest Mone
    February 13, 2012

    I was quite disappointed to see this post. It is a shame how difficult it is for a pet owner to find a home to rent. Instead of just being discriminatory against all pet owners, I think it is better to deal with it on a case by case basis. I agree that they shouldn't be allowed to have a loud dog, but most cats are mostly problem free. I personally don't mind putting extra money down as a pet deposit to ease the landlord's concerns. Also, I find that pet owners often tend to be nicer and more caring people. I guess a lot depends on the suite you are trying to rent out. A furnished suite would be a bigger risk.

    • YFS
      February 13, 2012

      I'm sorry but none of my rentals will ever ever have pets. Nope, not worth the clean up when they move out. Sorry, but that's a tenant I'm not willing to deal with.

  20. retirebyforty
    February 13, 2012

    One of my long term tenant has a dog. I think when they leave, we probably will have to replace the carpeting.

    • YFS
      February 13, 2012

      I can assure you that you will have to replace the carpets. I am in the process of replacing the carpets in my home now because of my dog. Disgusting! Take a black light to the carpets and be prepared to be scared. Thank goodness my rentals have hardwood floors.

      • kayla
        February 11, 2013

        I’m a vet, obviously you don’t look after your dog if it’s peeing allover the place. Isn’t that hypercritical? The irony of it all…your tenants are most likely paying for your life style, and paying for your mortage….while your own dog pisses and shits everywhere..yet they are denied pets, just in case they are a terrible pet owner like you? Millions of pounds are having to put down animals because of landlord greed….how do you feel about that? and how would you feel if you could not afford to own your own house, there for have to give up on the right to own an animal.
        I rent out my late fathers house, I have a preference for pets over children, as children seem to do a lot more damage!

        So thank you for contributing to the millions of pets who have to be put down each year, because of greedy landlords like you…

        People should not have to pick between a home ( shelter is a human right) and the companionship of an animals…

      • Dominique Brown
        February 11, 2013

        Kayla,

        Take a quick gander at my instagram pictures, you will see that my pet doesn’t piss and shit all over my home. Secondly, I’m an amazing pet owner who loves his dog. Third, my tenants do not pay for my lifestyle. 4th, read my real estate articles, my tenants are in low income areas and can barely take care of themselves let alone a dog. 5. My property my rules. 6. Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion :-)

        Sincerly,

        The pet owner who loves dogs, but won’t let his tenants have pets b/c they destroy my property.

      • Lauren
        February 25, 2013

        Thankyou… it is hypocritical I agree. God forbid you ever have to rent and can’t take your dog with you. What would you do if you couldn’t find a place to live because the prospective landlords were as biased as you. If you rent to low income tenants perhaps that is the issue and not the pets. Most low income tenants aren’t responsible regardless.

  21. Money Infant
    February 13, 2012

    Screen your tenants carefully too. I’ve seen pictures of vacated apartments that made me think that the tenants WERE animals.

    • YFS
      February 13, 2012

      Great point. You make your money when you screen not when you evict :-). Tenants aka your customers make or break your business. Pick the best one you can. Do you have any tips for screening tenants?

      • Money Infant
        February 13, 2012

        Sorry I don't. I never got involved in the landlord thing partially for that reason :)

        I also don't want to be on call to fix hot water heaters at midnight.

      • YFS
        February 13, 2012

        Me either.. My property manager and tenant placer has to deal with the issues :-)

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