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Pet Violation (by Maurice [MD]) Feb 9, 2024 4:16 PM
       Pet Violation (by Phil [OR]) Feb 9, 2024 4:50 PM
       Pet Violation (by MC [PA]) Feb 9, 2024 4:59 PM
       Pet Violation (by Doogie [KS]) Feb 9, 2024 5:02 PM
       Pet Violation (by Doogie [KS]) Feb 9, 2024 5:02 PM
       Pet Violation (by WMH [NC]) Feb 9, 2024 5:25 PM
       Pet Violation (by Maurice [MD]) Feb 9, 2024 5:37 PM
       Pet Violation (by Jim in O C [CA]) Feb 9, 2024 5:43 PM
       Pet Violation (by Jason [VA]) Feb 9, 2024 6:44 PM
       Pet Violation (by Allym [NJ]) Feb 9, 2024 7:24 PM
       Pet Violation (by Bonanza [NC]) Feb 9, 2024 7:27 PM
       Pet Violation (by Vee [OH]) Feb 9, 2024 8:51 PM
       Pet Violation (by zero [IN]) Feb 10, 2024 7:32 AM
       Pet Violation (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 10, 2024 3:14 PM
       Pet Violation (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 10, 2024 7:15 PM
       Pet Violation (by Maurice [MD]) Feb 11, 2024 2:47 PM
       Pet Violation (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 12, 2024 6:50 AM
       Pet Violation (by plenty [MO]) Feb 12, 2024 11:55 AM
       Pet Violation (by Nella [CA]) Feb 19, 2024 1:08 AM

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Pet Violation (by Maurice [MD]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 4:16 PM
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State Specific Question About: MARYLAND (MD)

Hi, I own a property in MD and my lease specifically states no pets. The tenant called asking if the clause for no pets was there because the lease was a standard lease may have been from a template? I told her it's actual and was meant to be there. She said she was considering a dog. I told her I would amend the lease and allow her to have a dog but she would have to pay to have it. I amended the lease, included the fees, sent it to her to sign and she didn't sign. About a week later I was there with a contractor making repairs and a puppy pops out. She said she was dog sitting for a friend. She said her friend goes on vacation every 4 months and may ask her to pet sit. About a month later an appliance tech was there because her dishwasher stopped draining. I called and texted her that he would be there within 40 mins. When he arrived she wouldn't answer the door but after his persistence of ringing the doorbell she finally answered. He said a dog was in the house and I hear barking. She texted me and said it was an inconvenient time and that she wasn't aware he was coming. I told her I called and texted her within minutes of her texting me about the problem.

She's a good tenant that pays her rent early but I'm going to enforce the lease. Any suggestions on how to best handle this?

Thank you. --68.134.xx.xxx




Pet Violation (by Phil [OR]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 4:50 PM
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30 day eviction with 14 day right to "cure".

Gives her 14 days to sign the new lease, or she is out in 30 days. --76.138.xxx.xxx




Pet Violation (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 4:59 PM
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Good Ts don't sneak in pets. No pets means no pets. No pet sitting, no pet with people over,etc. --73.230.xxx.xx




Pet Violation (by Doogie [KS]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 5:02 PM
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I started including in my lease where is says no pets, "this includes "pet sitting" for any length of time". The "pet sitting" got pulled too many times, so it's not specifically excluded. --45.17.xxx.xxx




Pet Violation (by Doogie [KS]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 5:02 PM
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that should have said NOW specifically excluded. --45.17.xxx.xxx




Pet Violation (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 5:25 PM
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Not a good tenant just because they pay the rent. Sounds like they are a crappy tenant, really.

"Pets are allowed subject to the terms of the Animal Agreement Addendum. Please take note: PUPPIES and Non-Neutered/Non-Spayed Animals are NEVER allowed. "Visiting" animals are NEVER allowed inside the unit. "Pet Sitting" is NEVER allowed on premises. DO NOT FEED STRAY ANIMALS. Animal food and water bowls are not allowed outside the house. Tenant is responsible for picking up animal waste and discarded toys on a regular basis."

is just one paragraph from my lease. Then I have a whole Animal Addendum... --173.28.xx.xxx




Pet Violation (by Maurice [MD]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 5:37 PM
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Phil et. al. Thank you! This is great advice. Much appreciated, and I will send it next week. BTW, is there a 30-day eviction with 14 14-day right to cure document, or is this something I can just type? Never encountered this before. --68.134.xx.xxx




Pet Violation (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 5:43 PM
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In my world, I would give her notice. I don’t need tenants like that whether they’re great or whether they’re lousy. --23.162.xx.x




Pet Violation (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 6:44 PM
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Why are you telling yourself that she’s a good tenant? She’s a shi%tty tenant that happens to pay the rent.

ANIMALS NO ANIMALS OR PETS OF ANY KIND WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES AT ANY TIME UNLESS TENANT HAS PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM THE LANDLORD. IN THE EVENT ANIMAL(S) ARE PERMITTED AS A PART OF THIS AGREEMENT, A SEPARATE ADDENDUM SHALL BE DRAFTED, WHICH WILL SUPERCEDE THIS SECTION. IF TENANTS ALLOW AN ANIMAL ON OR IN THE PREMISES AT ANY TIME DURING THE LEASE PERIOD WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM THE LANDLORD, A $500 ANIMAL FEE SHALL BE ASSESSED AND RENT WILL BE INCREASED $100 PER ANIMAL. THIS ADDITIONAL MONTHLY RENT WILL BE RETROACTIVELY ASSESSED, BEGINNING ON {move in date}. TEMPORARILY KEEPING AN ANIMAL FOR A FRIEND OR RELATIVE WILL NOT BE EXCUSED. IF AN ANIMAL OR EVIDENCE OF AN ANIMAL IS FOUND AT THE PROPERTY, THE RENT WILL BE INCREASED.

--71.63.xx.xx




Pet Violation (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 7:24 PM
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Talk some more as this is about keeping tenants and getting money and not putting people out. Manage it. I have twenty year tenants because I allow pets. . --173.61.xxx.xxx




Pet Violation (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 7:27 PM
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Tenant agrees not to keep or allow anywhere on or about the Premises any animals or pets of any kind, whether on a temporary basis or otherwise and whether belonging to the Tenant or anybody else, including but not limited to, dogs, cats, birds, rodents, reptiles or marine animals, unless permitted under the terms of an Animal Addendum attached to this Agreement. Tenant shall be subject to a fee of $300 for each animal or pet kept or allowed on the Premises in violation of this paragraph, or of the terms of any Animal Addendum that may be a part of this Agreement, and Tenant agrees to pay any such fine upon receipt of Landlord's demand therefore. Payment of any such fine shall not permit Tenant to keep any animal or pet for which the fine was imposed. --65.188.xxx.xxx




Pet Violation (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 8:51 PM
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Sounds like you have a wimpy lease from a grocery or office store. In my area all the cities need a copy of distemper vaccination, no animal sitting - ever period. a copy of the declaration page (first page) of renters insurance needs to be added to your lease, a copy of photo vet records showing animal size and spay or nueter - just like Drew Cary mentions during the closing of every TV show - he would make a good tenant for you and some others here, rent will be charged 300 per day retroactive to lease startup if an y animal is found in the unit, I take pride in having flea and feces free housing for my clients, there is a animal boarding place within a mile of the airport - it is run by a few girls who used to paint for me while seniors in high school, I will contact the tenant when we find an animal and ask if they will pay boarding fees or just send the animal to the county animal warden who gets them for the chip, shots and other veterinary care before releasing the animal to the owner.Don't let the tenant train you, stay in charge. of your shacks. --184.59.xxx.xx




Pet Violation (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2024 7:32 AM
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We added no pet sitting or visits to the lease. Solved some issues.

Had tenants a year ago move from an apartment to a house. They took the one dog they had. Registration fee and rents followed the dog. I go over to check on something and hear two dogs barking inside.

Oh we are dog sitting. Nope, not allowed. Then it was the owner won't take the dog back. I kindly told them they could pay the reg and rents for the new dog or they could move.

I get the extra money. Still hate dogs that bark for no reason, but that's on them I guess.

Newest tenant just asked about getting a cat. It's all fixed and such. They wanted to know what else was needed besides the registration fee and rents. I love it!

Extra $100 up front and $25 per month. --107.147.xx.xx




Pet Violation (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2024 3:14 PM
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Maurice,

Yes, another sad case of Wimply-Lease-itis. Sounds like you are on top of this and not adding Wimpy-Manager-itis to the issue. Congrats.

Me? Not a reason to evict. Sure she lied but nobody died. Set your pride aside and deal with it, same a trash or parking issues. Not a reason to be personally offended. National average for turnover is over $3100 cost to the owner.

Renters do stupid stuff and lie all the time but we don't smack 'em for it. This is a common, everyday action done by normal renters.

***This is also an opportunity for you to make more money.

My lease is clear: (any behavior you want must be spelled out in print) No visiting or pet sitting. In the case of unauthorized animals the fees are retroactive to the start of the lease.

You do not need a new lease, just send her a letter stating her rent increase to allow the animal and start drafting the new amount.

Mine is $150 Non-Refundable Animal Registration Fee and $35 per month per animal, retroactive to the start of the lease because I don't know when she brought in the dog, or when you first became aware of the animal.

Heads up: When they ask about getting a dog they already have it.

I'd be tempted to make her's $50/month like many local big apts.

BTW Use the term ANIMAL, not PET in your lese, etc. Not all animals are pets.

Stay strong, stay in control. Don't wait for her.

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




Pet Violation (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2024 7:15 PM
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Can I pet it?

Who's in charge?

I would not consider a lying and thieving tenant a good tenant. In fact, that usually raises my blood pressure. I would have definitely let her know the laws of 6x6 land again. I might have even picked that dog up and set it free outside away from that sorry human, after I petted it. Never miss a good opportunity to pet a dog.

I actually like Brad's advice on this one. BTW, Brad's lease covers a lot of ground and is available on this site, should you choose to find a new lease. You may need to tweak a few things to fit your state laws as all states are different. --73.190.xxx.xxx




Pet Violation (by Maurice [MD]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2024 2:47 PM
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WOW! @WMH, @Jason, @Bonanza, and @Brad, these are all excellent suggestions and advice. When I craft my letter, I will incorporate these suggestions into it. BTW, the lease is not from a grocery or stationary store. It's from an online landlord management platform I joined before joining Mr. Landlord. They provide state-specific leases, rent collection, Pet Addendums, etc., which I used and found to be helpful. However, I may need to revisit the site and use another lease creation platform. Maybe Mr. Landlord will do.

Once again, thank you all. You have all been accommodating and supportive. --68.134.xx.xxx




Pet Violation (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2024 6:50 AM
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Recommend that you require a tenants renter's policy if you allow pets. When that puppy nips at someone. you are insured. --24.101.xxx.xxx




Pet Violation (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2024 11:55 AM
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This is how we all learned. Coming here, asking where issues arise, being open to received guidance and make changes. Just learning what a good tenant is ... Not just they pay rent but they are corporate and do the rights things according to the agreement, same for the LL. Excellent thread. --172.59.xxx.xxx




Pet Violation (by Nella [CA]) Posted on: Feb 19, 2024 1:08 AM
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The insurance should be a renter's liability insurance policy with the landlord named as additional insured with notification to landlord if lapse or cancellation. If tenant has renter's insurance and unwilling to provide the name and policy number of the insurance company, you won't get paid. Yeap, unfortunately I just went thru this. --174.218.xxx.xxx



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