A: You can certainly make your property pet-free. However, under the Fair Housing Act and the American with Disabilities Act, you must accommodate tenants with service animals and comfort animals. You cannot require a pet deposit/pet rent/pet fee nor renter’s insurance. 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 50 lbs. and we do not allow an aggressive breed. While we usually require a $250.00 non-refundable pet fee per pet, you can determine the amount of the pet deposit (which could be refundable) or an addition to the rent amount or the amount of the pet fee (which would be non-refundable).
A: Approximately 75 days before the current lease expires, we will contact you with the move-in date for the current tenant, information about his payment history, and the expiration date of the current lease. We will also provide you with the current market leasing rates for properties similar to yours and make a recommendation requiring the renewal rate. Please keep in mind we are only making a recommendation. You will decide if you want to renew the lease and determine the new rent amount. And when we contact you, we do not yet know if the tenant will renew the lease.
If I do not want to renew the tenant’s lease, what do I do? Let us know as soon as you have decided you do not want to renew the tenant’s lease. We must provide him with at least 30 days’ written notice. We are sure though he would appreciate more notice if possible.
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