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pet fee (by joyce [MT]) Jul 22, 2008 8:29 PM
       pet fee (by Irish [MD]) Jul 22, 2008 8:47 PM
       pet fee (by Steve [FL]) Jul 23, 2008 3:49 AM
       pet fee (by Brenda [TX]) Jul 23, 2008 4:44 AM
       pet fee (by Brian [MO]) Jul 23, 2008 7:03 AM
       pet fee (by billy button [MA]) Jul 23, 2008 7:23 AM
       pet fee (by Brian [MO]) Jul 23, 2008 7:32 AM
       pet fee (by Ponari [TX]) Jul 23, 2008 10:15 AM

pet fee (by joyce [MT]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2008 8:29 PM

State Specific Question About: MONTANA (MT)

what's a proper fee for a pet deposit? The rental agreement was signed & I told her I would get back to her on the pet deposit & a monthly fee but I dont have a clue what to charge.

pet fee (by Irish [MD]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2008 8:47 PM

Perhaps you should do a reverse calculation...

I.E., total carpet replacement cost ~$3000 plus cleaning up the smell ~$600...perhaps a 2 yr $3600/2/12 mo = $150/mo extra rent...

Plug in your own numbers and best guess estimates...

There are some things that you can do to screen potential pet applicants...have the applicant bring the pet during the showing, visit the current rental, talk to the verified current LL...etc...that might result in you taking a chance on lesser charges and pet pees..I mean pet fees...

pet fee (by Steve [FL]) Posted on: Jul 23, 2008 3:49 AM

Of coarse, Irish is correct to cover all bases. We have lot's of ceramic tile in our units so my take on pets varies from many here. We charge a $250 per pet fee but no monthly fees. I've never had anyone show reluctance at the $250 and probably should be charging at least $25 per pet per month.

When it comes to the pets, they'll usually do anything you require for acceptance.

pet fee (by Brenda [TX]) Posted on: Jul 23, 2008 4:44 AM

A suggestion-you can call local apartment complexes and ask what they charge. I did that and found that most places do a large deposit but nothing extra per month. But take into consideration you could be capped on the deposit by your state.

pet fee (by Brian [MO]) Posted on: Jul 23, 2008 7:03 AM

My teants stay long term so I charge a monthly fee. If I charged a flat fee of $250.00/12 months would be $20.84 for one year then beyond that would be nothing.

But if I charged 25.00 per month of a 5 year tenant (mine usually stay long term) 25.00/12 months = 300.00 x 5 years is $1,500.00.

pet fee (by billy button [MA]) Posted on: Jul 23, 2008 7:23 AM

i would allow no dogs.a cat maybe 25 a month or so.we cant charge a pet fee on move in in mass but we can increase rent for them.i allow 1 fixed cat, inside cat.i have hardwood ok.they have to scoop daily and change litter weekly.repeat to them a couple of times;ONE CAT ONLY --208.58.x.xx

pet fee (by Brian [MO]) Posted on: Jul 23, 2008 7:32 AM

I allow both cats and dogs and the most damage has been from cats. Dogs must be 1 year old unless they are a terrier then they must be 18 months old.

pet fee (by Ponari [TX]) Posted on: Jul 23, 2008 10:15 AM

I charge a one time non refundable fee of $350 per pet with a maximum of 2 pets. I've never had anyone question the amount.

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