Pet & Animal Policies
Welcome! We strive to help ensure mutual accountability and responsibility for the benefit of all our residents and tenants. It’s imperative that ALL our residents and tenants fully understand and acknowledge our pet and animal-related policies. This also includes residents and tenants that do not own a pet or animal. We require EVERYONE to complete a third-party screening and review process. This quick and easy process ensures we have your pet and animal-related policy acknowledgments, pet/animal history and records, and legal attestation of truthfulness and accuracy on file. To start, please select one of the three options below that best describes you:
No Pets or Animals
This is a required application process for anyone that does NOT own a pet or animal. There is no cost ($) to you for completing the application process.
This is a required application process for anyone that owns a household pet. This includes dogs and cats and might include pets that live in cages such as birds, hamsters, rabbits, snakes or fish tanks (because of the contained water) so please ask your housing provider for clarification regarding these types of pets.
This is a required review process for anyone with a non-obvious disability and disability-related need for an assistance animal. This process provides a HIPAA compliant and secure way of submitting a reasonable accommodation request for an assistance animal (service animals, emotional support animals, companion animals, etc.) that will be reviewed by a third-party legal review team to ensure the accommodation request meets HUD’s Fair Housing Act guidelines. There is no cost ($0) to you to submit an accommodation request. Please make sure you are aware of your State’s laws, if any, for submitting a fraudulent accommodation request.
* NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS & APPLICANTS: Everyone must complete the screening process. This is not only for pet and animal owners but also for residents and applicants that DO NOT own a pet or animal.
Pet & Animal Policy
A. PET AUTHORIZATION:
Tenant may not keep any pet or assistance animal on the Property unless specifically authorized by Landlord in writing. A “Pet” includes any animal, whether mammal, reptile, bird, fish, rodent, or insect.
B. PET FEES & DEPOSITS:
Note: There is no additional fee, deposit, or pet rent required for Assistance Animal(s) as defined by the Federal Fair Housing Act.
- Monthly Pet Rent (Non-Refundable): $25.00 monthly fee per approved pet.
Pet Rent will continue through the term of the Lease even if the pet(s) departs the Property. This fee is not refundable.
- One-Time Pet Fee (Non-Refundable): $200.00 to $450.00 per approved pet.
The pet fee is NOT an increase in the security deposit. This fee is not refundable. Fee amount will vary depending on the screening score of each pet.
- One-Time Pet Deposit (Refundable): $100.00 - $250.00 per approved pet.
The pet deposit is an increase in the security deposit in the lease and is made part of the security deposit for all purposes. This increase in the security deposit is not refundable before the lease ends, even if the pet is removed. Any refund of the security deposit, including the increase, is governed by the terms of the lease. Deposit amount will vary depending on the screening score of each pet.
C. PET RULES:
- take all reasonable action to insure that any pet does not violate the rights of other persons;
- comply with all applicable statutes, ordinances, restrictions, owners’ association rules, and other enforceable regulations regarding any pet;
- keep the rabies shots of any pet current, including other usual inoculations for the type of animal(s);
- confine any pet that is a dog or cat, when outside, by fences or on leashes under Tenant’s control;
- confine any pet other than a dog or cat in appropriate cages at all times including, but are not limited to: birds, reptiles, rodents, and insects.
- promptly remove any pet waste from the Property, including all living areas, garages, storage areas, yards, porches, patios, courtyards, and decks;
- promptly remove from the Property any offspring of any pet;
- all cat(s) must be neutered and declawed, and Tenant must provide and maintain an appropriate litter box at all times;
- no animal(s) shall be fed on unprotected carpeting within the Property and Tenant shall prevent any fleas or other infestation of the Property;
- and no animals are to be buried on the Property.
Tenant must remove or confine any pet at any time that the pet is likely to limit or prohibit Landlord or other persons access to Property in its entirety as permitted by the lease.
E. DISCLOSURE CONCERNING PETS:
Any pet that has been approved in writing must not have ever bitten or injured another person or have the propensity or predisposition to bite or insure someone.
F. TENANT'S LIABILITY:
- Tenant is responsible and liable for: (a) any damage to the Property or any item in the Property caused by any pet or assistance animal; (b) any personal injuries to any person caused by any pet; and (c) any damage to any person’s Property caused by any pet.
- Tenant will pay all reasonable costs that are necessary to clean, deodorize, de-flea, or repair any part of the Property, including but not limited to the carpets, doors, walls, drapes, wallpaper, windows, screens, furniture, appliances, sod, yard, fences, or landscaping.
Tenant will protect, defend, indemnify, and hold Landlord, Landlord’s Property manager, and Landlord’s agents harmless from any damages, costs, attorney’s fees, and expenses that are caused by the act of any pet or Tenant.
- Tenant agrees that Landlord may revoke permission to keep pet(s) on the Property by giving Tenant a written thirty (30) days notice. This does not apply to Seeing Eye dogs and assistance animal(s) used for disabilities.
- If Tenant breaches any provision in this pet agreement, Landlord may exercise revoke permission to keep the pet(s) on the Property: (a) In such event, the Tenant agrees to permanently remove the pet from the Property within two (2) business days of receiving written notice from Landlord; (b) failure to comply shall be grounds for immediate termination of the Residential Lease Agreement.
Tenant is encouraged to obtain a Pet Liability Policy that can be added as a rider to most renter insurance policies.
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