Re: No dog policy? - Posted by eric-fl
Posted by eric-fl on August 14, 2003 at 11:10:37:
I’ve said this before on this board, and I’ll continue saying it, I think taking pets is an excellent strategy. It boggles my mind that most landlords don’t, but I love it! Two simple words - “Pets Ok!” immediately differentiates you from about 80% of your competition, in my estimation. In addition, as you’ve discovered, you can MAKE MONEY by taking those things - truly responsible pet owners regard their pet as a part of the family, and have no problem paying that extra money every month so they can keep Fido or Fluffy. I know, as a dog owner, that when I rented, I made my decisions on the basis of whether me, and my dog were welcome. The dog wasn’t going to go for any one apartment or house - after all, there’s a ton of them out there, but there’s only one of my dog.
However, your strategy to put a thing in the contract saying “no pets allowed”, but then taking them, is completely the opposite of what you should be doing, and could get you into some big legal trouble. What you want to do, actually, is have your tenants sign a separate “Pet Agreement”. These are all over on the landlording websites, and are probably included in most legal software or rental books, nowadays. It’s an agreement that specifies what they can and can’t do with the pets, the name make & model of each pet, that they have to get liability insurance, etc. THAT is what is going to cover your arse. After all, if they come in with fluffy the cat, and forget to tell you about Spuds the pit-bull, and then Spuds bites somebody, and somebody sues them and you, wouldn’t you rather be holding an agreement that shows you never gave permission for Spuds to move in in the first place?