A: You can certainly make your property pet-free. However, it can significantly limit interest in the property given that many people have a dog or cat. By collecting a pet deposit, risk is reduced. We look to pet ownership as an important factor, not only the animal. Note that under the Fair Housing Act and the American with Disabilities Act, you must accommodate tenants with service animals and comfort animals. In this case, you cannot require a pet deposit/pet rent/pet fee. For comfort animals, you can though ask for documentation that the tenant has been “prescribed” a comfort animal and the animal has been properly trained. If the tenant cannot provide the documentation, you do not have to allow the comfort animal at your property.
With your approval, we allow up to two pets at the property. According to the lease, a pet is a mammal, reptile, bird, fish, rodent, or insect. For dogs, we limit the weight to 35 lbs. We do not allow aggressive breeds as stipulated in the Qualification Criteria. A $350.00 refundable pet deposit per pet is required.
A: Approximately 75 days before the current lease expires, we will contact you regarding lease renewal. We will provide you with the current market rent rates for properties similar to yours and make a rent rate recommendation. Based on this, we will proceed to deliver a lease renewal offer to the tenant, after learning if the tenant wishes to renew.
Let us know soonest if you do not wish to renew the tenant’s lease. We must provide the tenant with at least 60 days’ written notice.
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