Post # 1
Hi bees! My fi and I are in the process of renting out our house. We are moving in two weeks for job opportunities. We have a tenant that seems very reliable yet has two large chocolate labs. The tenant mentions that he does allow his dogs to come inside. I am worried about the damage that the labs could cause in the house. Particularly we are concerned about scratching the hardwood floors. While he was willing to give an additional pet deposit, it would not be enough if we had to refinish the floors.
My fi and I are not really pet people, so I thought I would ask for advice here. Have your pets done damage to your home? Any experience with large dogs and hardwood floors?
We really want to be accomodating but also want to keep our house in great condition.
Post # 3
My IL’s have 2 large labs and the only damage they cause is an abundance of dog hair. To the best of my knowledge they’ve never scratched the hard wood floors or destroyed anything else indoors.
Is it possible to take the extra pet deposit and then write into the lease that the tenant is responsible for the additional cost of repairs should the deposit not cover it?
Post # 4
If you’re stuck on renting to this potential tenant, or don’t want to wait to find a new one, I’d suggest taking a hefty pet deposit and note in your contract that any damage above the pet deposit, up to some specified amount (i.e. the cost of refinishing the floors), will be the responsibility of the tenant to pay upon termination of rental contract. FI has several rental properties and has a strict no pets in the house clause. He used to allow pets, but ended up having to replace walls/flooring on his dime from cat/dog damage. It may take longer to rent, but the money saved (and peace of mind) may be worth it.
Post # 5
@UpstateCait: I agree with the additional cost. A suggestion I was about to post. I think that’s your best bet.
Post # 6
I’ve been apartment hunting, and the majority of the places that allow pets either have a VERY hefty (like up to half a months’ rent) pet deposit in adition to the original deposit. Some also have a onetime “pet fee” of $250-$300, or tack on an extra $30-$50 per month on the rent.
The area that I’m looking in has 1 bedroom apts for $1300-$1600 a month, and 2 bd for $1600+ by the way.
Post # 7
I would not rent to this person unless you are having difficulty finding a good tenant.
Post # 8
@GoldfishPie: I had to put a $300 deposit down and pay an extra $50 a month for my dog in our apartment. It sucks considering this apartment isn’t worth much anyways and she’s a tiny maltese. I was looking for a new apartment to move into at the end of the year and they’re all expensive or no one allows dogs. Sucks.
Post # 9
@ElbieKay: That’s harsh !!
Post # 10
@gingerspice: Im a renter with pets …. Ipay a huge deposit to my land lord it does not bother me because I know my dogs would not do any damage I have English bulldogs … You will find pet owners are more likely to be long renters as its not easy to rent …. How about asking previous landlord for ref ???
Post # 11
I have two great danes, the smallest one weighing in around 120 pounds. They have never caused any damage, they don’t dig/scratch/urinate/chew in the house. They don’t even dig in the yard.
My neighbor in my previous apartment had a jack russel terrier, a cute little 20 pound furball… who ate EVERYTHING- chewed on door frames, dug a hole in the linoleum floor, ripped up a piece of carpet… one of the most destructive dogs I’ve ever seen.
Don’t rule out a great tenant because of the size of their dogs. If they are older, used to being indoors, and they’re willing to cover the cost of any repairs, then I wouldn’t refuse to rent to them.
Also- is it possible to use an area rug to protect the majority of the wood floors?
Post # 12
@GoldfishPie: The pet deposit for our complex is the equivalent to 1 months rent (which for us is $1300) plus a non-refundable $500, so… $1800! That’s PER pet. Our cat has been “illegal” ever since we moved in since we refused to pay that exorbitant deposit. We’re considering getting a dog in the next couple months though, so we’ll have to cough up the money for him/her. It’s easy enough to hide a cat. A dog, not so much.
ETA: My complex is famous for not returning deposits. Like, we know for a fact that we won’t see any of our security deposit when we move out so paying the “refundable” portion of the pet deposit will be rough. Honestly, we probably won’t be eager to inform them of our new family member as soon as we get him/her. The worst that will happen is they’ll make us pay the deposit if they discover we have an “illegal” animal. Part of me just wants to take the gamble. It seems like everyone who lives in my complex (there are more than 100 units) has multiple pets and I can’t picture anyone paying thousands of dollars for them.
Post # 13
You could require them to get renter’s insurance, and I would take a pet security deposit as mentioned above.
Post # 15
Are you renting furnished or unfurnished? I’d be more concerned about wear and tear on your furniture. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never really known an animal to f up the actual house if they’re reasonably used to being inside (and that’s with college aged kids with pets), but there’s always the chance so I agree with PPs to write pet damage into the lease. I’ve been having a hard time finding somewhere to move with my cat so I’m a little biased towards sympathy with the renter though 🙂
Post # 16
@Rouquine: Oh yea, it’s insane. I just posted an ETA above but I highly doubt that anyone pays the deposit. Most everyone has atleast one pet but most have multiple (like one of my neighbors has 4 dogs). I somehow doubt they paid more than $7k worth of a pet deposit when they moved in.