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Pet damage (by Elizabeth [PA]) Jul 10, 2019 5:14 PM
       Pet damage (by razorback_tim [AR]) Jul 10, 2019 5:25 PM
       Pet damage (by Ken [NY]) Jul 10, 2019 5:35 PM
       Pet damage (by S i d [MO]) Jul 10, 2019 6:23 PM
       Pet damage (by plenty [MO]) Jul 10, 2019 7:08 PM
       Pet damage (by 6x6 [TN]) Jul 10, 2019 8:38 PM
       Pet damage (by Nellie [ME]) Jul 10, 2019 10:52 PM
       Pet damage (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jul 11, 2019 1:24 AM
       Pet damage (by Robert J [CA]) Jul 11, 2019 3:24 AM
       Pet damage (by MC [PA]) Jul 11, 2019 5:59 AM

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Pet damage (by Elizabeth [PA]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2019 5:14 PM

We have tenant who moved into our property last month. During a recent visit by my brother for a repair, he told me that the house had an overwhelming cat urine odor. We do allow pets however she did not put a cat on her original application. I spoke to the tenant about our concern and told her we will be setting up an appointment for an inspection next month. She told me it was jut a dirty little box and her cat doesn’t pee outside of its litter box. We just had an electrician go to the house for a repair and he reported the same smell saying it was overwhelming. Cat urine is one of the most destructive issues in a house. It’s almost impossible to remove. We would like to move forward with getting this tenant out if our property considering she’s only lived there for one month and this is already a major issue. What are our option?

Pet damage (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2019 5:25 PM

It may vary by state but here I could terminate the lease and evict for violation of lease - unauthorized pet. You have two witnesses. --70.178.x.xx

Pet damage (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2019 5:35 PM

I think you should do the inspection in the next couple days

Pet damage (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2019 6:23 PM

Post 24 hours notice that you will be inspecting, then go inspect. If your lease forbids pets, evict based on lease violation. Take pictures of the pussy cat & litter box before mentioning this, though, so you have proof for the judge.

Tenants who sneak in pets are rarely good, long-term investments. There will probably be another one coming soon, if it's not already there.

In the future, be sure your lease specifies no animals without written permission from the LL and after paying a pet registration fee of $XXX (whatever you want) and monthly pet rent of $XX (whatever you want). Any animal that enters onto the premises--even "visiting" or "pet sitting" for brief time--should incur a fee of double the "$XXX" amount to encourage compliance with the policy.

Pet damage (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2019 7:08 PM

Well it didnt take long for this cat to do the smell damage. I'd give her 3 or 5 day notice to clean it up. And not Mask the smell, actually rid the property of the cat and/or the smell. --99.203.xx.xx

Pet damage (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2019 8:38 PM

I am with Sid and Ken, give 24hr notice and inspect now.

I would evict based on her lying.

Make her pay for damages now.

Take pictures.

This is a problem tenant and you need to get her out now.

Pet damage (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2019 10:52 PM

My lease is clear. The tenant has 7 days to permanently remove the animal causing damage or the the tenant will be leaving. Simple.

Pet damage (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jul 11, 2019 1:24 AM


Inspect NOW!!

Does this convince you that the ONLY way to know how an applicant will care for YOUR investment is to do a 2 Minute In Home Visit prior to final approval.


Pet damage (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jul 11, 2019 3:24 AM

Stupid tenant! Any cat expert will tell you that once a litter box is over taxed with cat droppings and urine and the cat can no longer stand it's own smell, in protest, it will make elsewhere!

If a tenant won't clean their litter box at least Once A Day, then they should rent a property or own a cat.


Pet damage (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Jul 11, 2019 5:59 AM

You can get the smell out but it takes time. Get rid of them now. I had a tenant who was convinced his place did not smell-probably had gotten used to it. Black light,shellac and lots of cleaning/airing out. Make sure that you or your agent actually visits and hold true to the lease. Rarely do they have one-Fluffy usually needs company.

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