- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
My husband and I have always planned on moving out of our current place and into an apartment that allows us to have pets so we can adopt a dog, since its something we’ve been really wanting for a long time. However, Darling Husband just got a job literally across the street from our current apartment. That combined with all the amenities at our complex that would be hard to find elsewhere makes us want to stay — we just want a freakin’ dog!
Our lease says that we cannot have a pet without a pet addendum and a pet deposit, and when we asked about it last go around, they basically shut us down, saying if they let us have a pet, then they would have to let everyone. When we renew our lease this time, we really want to convince them, but we aren’t sure how to go about it. I don’t think threatening to move out will get us far because they have a waiting list for this place. I’m hoping a promise of a hefty deposit and additional monthly rent will seal the deal, as well as our carefully crafted argument for why we (and our three neighbors on the outside of the building) should be exempt from the no-pet rule.
I have written a letter and drafted an example of a pet agreement, which I’m going to copy into this post (it’s long, so thank you so much for taking the time to read it!) My questions are:
– What is a typical pet deposit? I was thinking up to $1000, even though it makes my stomach hurt to say that number.
– What would be a reasonable number to add on to our rent? I was thinking $50/month if we pay a high pet deposit, but we could probably do up to $150 if we had to.
– What do you think of our letter? Should we send the letter first, requesting a meeting, or should we request a meeting without sending the letter and simply bring our points along to discuss? I don’t want to seem too formal and turn them off or make it easy for them to dismiss us, but at the same time I want them to know we are taking this seriously and aren’t just kids asking for a dog for their birthday or something.
Here’s the letter/proposal:
While we strongly desire to sign our third lease with APARTMENT COMPLEX, we also strongly desire to adopt an adult dog. We hope that you will be open to our proposal, as long-time residents of APARTMENT COMPLEX who want to remain so.
First of all, we are more than willing to pay both a Pet Deposit, which is a stipulation for having a pet in our rental agreement, as well as additional monthly rent in order to have a dog. We would like to carefully select an adult, fully trained dog with the support of APARTMENT COMPLEX that will pose little risk of damage to the property or disturbance to our neighbors. We would welcome opportunities to provide management with references at the dog rescue attesting to the dog’s temperament and level of training.
We are also in the unique position of being able to attend to the dog throughout the day, as HUSBAND will be working in the BUSINESS offices in APARTMENT COMPLEX. Because he will be able to feed, walk and otherwise care for the dog during the day, the risk of damage to the property or disturbance to neighbors is even further minimized.
We understand that if we are allowed to have a pet, other residents will also feel that they should be allowed a pet. However, we rent in an outside townhome – one of the largest and most expensive units at APARTMENT COMPLEX. With this townhome comes an entire floor without carpet or other materials that could be easily damaged by a pet. While our dog would already be fully housebroken, to even further reduce the risk, we would be willing to restrict our dog to the first floor using a baby safety gate. Additionally, our unit has direct outdoor access, which would allow us transport the dog from APARTMENT COMPLEX property for walks with little potential for disturbance to other residents.
In light of these unique aspects of our unit, we propose that only the four outside townhomes be allowed pets if they are able to provide a Pet Deposit and also pay additional monthly rent, as well as adhere to a comprehensive Pet Agreement similar the one we have drafted below.
Below is a draft of a portion of a potential Pet Addendum to our rental agreement. We’ve drafted this simply to outline the multiple financial and personal commitments we are more than willing to make in order to bring a dog into our home and continue living in APARTMENT COMPLEX.
Residents desire to keep a pet on the premises and the Rental Agreement requires a Pet Addendum and Pet Deposit in order for residents to have a pet. The Rental Agreement is hereby amended to grant such permission to the residents under the following terms and conditions:
- The residents will pay additional rent in the amount of $____________(_________________________Dollars) per month.
- The residents will pay a Pet Deposit in the amount of $________ (________________________________Dollars) which shall be held as security for the faithful performance of this Pet Agreement.
- The residents will provide credible references and/or documentation attesting to the pet’s temperament and suitability for a townhome environment.
- The pet will be allowed out of the residents’ dwelling only under the complete control of a responsible human companion and on a hand-held leash.
- The pet will never be allowed to use outdoor space belonging to the Owner/Agent for feeding, exercise or elimination of waste.
- The residents will prevent the pet from engaging in behaviors or creating excessive noise that disturbs neighbors, including, but not limited to, barking, jumping and running.
- The pet will only be allowed in the first level of the dwelling where potential damage is very limited. The residents will maintain a physical barrier to the second level of the dwelling. The pet will be kept in a crate when the residents are not in the dwelling.
- The residents will diligently maintain the spaces in which the pet is allowed. Any damage to the exterior or interior of the premises, grounds, flooring, walls, trim, finish, tiles, carpeting, or any stains, etc., caused by the pet will be the full financial responsibility of the residents and the residents agree to pay all costs involved in the restoration to its original condition. If because of any such stains, etc., said damage is such that it cannot be removed, then resident hereby agrees to pay the full expense of replacement.