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No to petscreening.com (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 17, 2021 12:34 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by Hoosier [IN]) Jan 17, 2021 3:16 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by LisaFL [FL]) Jan 17, 2021 7:42 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by 6x6 [TN]) Jan 17, 2021 9:22 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by razorback_tim [AR]) Jan 17, 2021 9:44 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by LisaFL [FL]) Jan 17, 2021 9:56 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by J [FL]) Jan 17, 2021 9:57 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jan 17, 2021 11:10 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jan 17, 2021 11:13 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by Barb [MO]) Jan 17, 2021 11:39 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by WMH [NC]) Jan 17, 2021 11:54 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by Jkj [MA]) Jan 17, 2021 12:30 PM
       No to petscreening.com (by Ribby [MA]) Jan 17, 2021 1:58 PM
       No to petscreening.com (by DJ [VA]) Jan 17, 2021 6:48 PM
       No to petscreening.com (by WMH [NC]) Jan 17, 2021 7:44 PM
       No to petscreening.com (by Dee Ann [WI]) Jan 17, 2021 8:33 PM
       No to petscreening.com (by John... [MI]) Jan 17, 2021 9:14 PM
       No to petscreening.com (by LisaFL [FL]) Jan 17, 2021 9:15 PM
       No to petscreening.com (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 18, 2021 1:37 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by WMH [NC]) Jan 18, 2021 8:23 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by John... [MI]) Jan 18, 2021 8:34 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by John... [MI]) Jan 18, 2021 8:35 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by John... [MI]) Jan 18, 2021 8:36 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by WMH [NC]) Jan 18, 2021 8:41 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by Nicole [PA]) Jan 18, 2021 9:28 AM
       No to petscreening.com (by Vee [OH]) Jan 19, 2021 6:44 PM
       No to petscreening.com (by 6x6 [TN]) Jan 20, 2021 8:10 PM

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No to petscreening.com (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 12:34 AM
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No longer using petscreening .com. Worthless to screen support animals.

If the applicant clicks the button for support animal, petscreening OKs the animal WITHOUT requiring the letter the law requires. The applicant decides, not petscreening, so what's the point! No protection for me.

Backstory: Our local Fair Housing Director taught our LL assoc that if the applicant or resident claims "support animal" (ESA or SERVICE) we can ask them to take an extra step to document the validity of that claim.

She also stated that her office would NOT accept online registrations (scammers) as proof of validity because there is no national service dog registry.

So...I signed up for petscreening.com thinking they could screen and ask for support animal credentials for me, for free., taking the legal heat off me. (they charge for PETS)

Finally had our first support animal listed on an application. Applicant clicked SERVICE ANIMAL so petscreening approved them based on what was clicked and a copy of the made up to take your money US Service Dog Registry.com certificate.

Goodbye petsceening.

Happy Landlording all you Housing Providers!

BRAD

--73.102.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 3:16 AM
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Good info. So what will you do as your policy now? Obviously ask for validation, but if they provide one of these online things...do you just tell them that's insufficient? If they ask you what documentation you recommend, what would you tell them? --99.92.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 7:42 AM
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They specifically claim they donít do that. What feedback did they give you when you questioned them about it? What you described totally goes against what they advertise so that is concerning.. --216.186.xxx.xx




No to petscreening.com (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 9:22 AM
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I wonder if they have been sued. --73.120.xx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 9:44 AM
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My experience has been good. Since I've been using them I've only had one claim an ESA. They submitted a registry type document and petscreening requested additional documentation which was never provided.

Like Lisa asked, I would like to know what customer service said about your situation. It would be worth a follow-up conversation before abandoning this tool I believe. --70.178.x.xx




No to petscreening.com (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 9:56 AM
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Hopefully Brad will provide more information. There seem to be a lot of irate emotional support animals owners who were denied approval after submitting application to this pet screening service (based on the internet complaints and bashing they receive).

So it doesnít sound like this is the norm for them. Iíd like to know their explanation. --216.186.xxx.xx




No to petscreening.com (by J [FL]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 9:57 AM
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I attempted to set myself up for petscreening but I couldn't figure out how their interface worked and finally gave up. --72.188.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 11:10 AM
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I always figure that I'm the one who cares the most and I am the one who will lose the most, so I do my own screening, because I am the one who does the best job of it and I am the one who wants to keep out the bums and losers.

I had a screening service call me about a tenant and asked if rent was always paid. I said yes, but tried to tell them about a serious problem with the tenant, but the screener cut me off and said he was only allowed to ask about rent payment.

So some poor landlord got stuck with an awful tenant because they had paid a screening service that did a crappy job. --76.178.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 11:13 AM
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The pet screening service maybe got sued or else had HUD jump on them hard with both feet.

The emotional support issues can sometimes require some delicate dodging around to stay on the legal side of the issue. If the pet service only has access to pet information, it is limited in what they can do. --76.178.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 11:39 AM
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Thanks for the update, Brad.

I was considering incorporating them into my process, but my own screening of asking for vet info, proof of vaccination and flea control, and my Scooter Test seems to still be the perfect solution.

We just had a student ask to add a new dog to their apartment. The isolation due to the pandemic is making the students really up their pet requests. --67.43.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 11:54 AM
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Asking for proof of PROFESSIONAL flea treatment has started to help. People say, "Oh we get ours from Chewy." Or "she wears a collar from Petsmart."

Nope. Pro treatment, updated regularly, or no entry. We've dealt with too many infestations where tenants SWEAR the animals are treated.

Brad, I would call (??) Birdy, is his name. Sales Manager. Find out the scoop? --50.82.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by Jkj [MA]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 12:30 PM
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I also would like to hear Brads follow-up, I know WMH has praised this service and had very good results in the past, so Iím curious at to if this is a change in policy, or an over-site that Petscreening.com will address. --74.74.xxx.xx




No to petscreening.com (by Ribby [MA]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 1:58 PM
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A way to filter them out. If your town/city requires dogs be registered, have them proof that the dog is registered with the town/city. Registering a dog with the town/city comes with its own requirements. A majority of dog owners don't register their dogs. Therefore you are not discriminating them, you are enforcing a law. --209.6.xxx.xx




No to petscreening.com (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 6:48 PM
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WMH: "Professional" flea treatment? Do you mean the pet owner must pay more to their vet to buy the same product you can get from chewy for less $? So they can show you a vet receipt? Why not just ask for the Chewy receipt?

I get quality Advantage flea/tick treatment for my cats from Chewy and it works well - same stuff as from the vet. It's more fiscally responsible, which is a good quality in tenant (anybody).

I don't get your reasoning. It seems unreasonable. What am I missing?

--68.229.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 7:44 PM
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DJ, that's up to you, your house and you get to choose your pet treatment. You own the house.

Advantage does NOT work here! --50.82.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by Dee Ann [WI]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 8:33 PM
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What is a scooter test? --75.11.xx.xx




No to petscreening.com (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 9:14 PM
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I have my doubts about trying to restrict Service Animals because they haven't had an "approved" flea treatment.

You can generally require anything that your local ordinance requires of ALL dogs (like registration) -- but I think you are walking on thin ice trying to deny based on a requirement that you have created only for your own units.

- John...

--96.40.xx.xx




No to petscreening.com (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 9:15 PM
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Advantage doesnít work here anymore either....only the oral medication seems to do the trick. That requires a prescription. --216.186.xxx.xx




No to petscreening.com (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2021 1:37 AM
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Thanks for the comments!

I only needed that website for one thing - to confirm or deny ESA or SERVICE animal status by a third party, to avoid blame being placed on me.

Vet: Thru experience I learned that even poorly behaved animals have vet records. That just proves they have shots - nothing about behavior, damage to the property, poo clean up, barking... so vet records do not help me at all while slowing down the process. Could eliminate good renters by complicating the application process.

Just like screening humans, the animal can look good on paper but act badly. The 2 Minute In Home Visit shows us animal behavior and human's ability to manage the animal(s).

No animal registration required in my city.

College: I just read an article about dormitories being forced by the trend to allow pets - Student anxiety issues and the need to attract and keep students in university owned housing. (along with private bathrooms, food courts, etc)

Remembering my 2 years in a dorm the guys were already animals! I cannot imagine a handful of pitbulls and cats on my floor!

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2021 8:23 AM
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I just don't get the ESA and Service dogs requests that you all seem to get. I've had a very few, but the people never qualified for a host of other reasons so the pet thing never came up at all anyway. --50.82.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2021 8:34 AM
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Brad: I can't remember. Do you have any pet-friendly units? Or do you not allow them and were just using the PetScreening site to try to confirm/deny ESA/Service animals (and never really "pets")?

- John...

--67.209.xxx.xx




No to petscreening.com (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2021 8:35 AM
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WMH: I tend to agree. I've seen maybe 2-3 requests in the last decade? But, it likely varies by area, I guess. Some of these LLs seem to be getting them daily...

- John...

--67.209.xxx.xx




No to petscreening.com (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2021 8:36 AM
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Let me clarify that I mean 2-3 "real" requests. Now and then someone will ask on the phone and I give the standard answer and then never hear from them again or, like you said, they don't qualify for all kinds of other reasons like simple income level.

- John...

--67.209.xxx.xx




No to petscreening.com (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2021 8:41 AM
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John, Brad is pet-friendly but charges Pet Rent, so that's why he likely gets the ESA requests: people trying to avoid paying.

I changed my policy on that. I just upped my rents and maxed out my security deposits and everyone pays, pets or not. --50.82.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2021 9:28 AM
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I seldom get those requests either. The last one asked and I said, sorry, no dogs in multi unit buildings. Then she remembered that her pit bull was emotional support. I told her I'd need paperwork. She asked what and I said to send me what she had and I'd check into what was "legally required" as I wasn't sure. Never received anything nor heard from her again. --72.70.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2021 6:44 PM
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With the lead inspections starting to show more outside than in, no more animals because the lead risk is too high - sell them the home or cut contact. --76.188.xxx.xxx




No to petscreening.com (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2021 8:10 PM
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Dee Ann,

Barb[MO] has a dog named Scooter and , if I understand correctly, she takes him with her to see how well the other dogs react to him. --73.120.xx.xxx



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