Trying to convince landlord to let us have a dog

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t have much to add, but wanted to say good luck! If they do allow you a pet, be sure they follow through with your lease addendum- I’ve seen it happen many times that someone gets a verbal agreement with their landlord, he or she changes their mind or the place gets sold, and the pet has to be given up because it isn’t on the lease.

I think all of your materials sound good, as do your price estimates. I have paid both refundable and non-refundable pet deposits, and they have ranged from $500-$800; but I had places with cheap rent. Maybe try offering refundable at first, and then negotiating to non-refundable if you have to.

Good luck with everything. You may have less luck with a complex than you would with a private landlord (in my experience, complexes don’t budge much), and you may have to deal with breed or size restrictons if they decide to allow pets. Worth a shot to ask, though!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think the letter is good, but I think you are almost giving them too much. Unless you really think it will be that hard to convince them to let you get a dog. I would probably start with smaller offerings then work your way up by negotiating. $1000 is a lot for a pet deposit (especially if its non refundable) and $50 is on the expensive side for pet rent as well. I live in Northern Virginia where the pet rent and deposits are extremely high. Most of the pet deposits Ive seen have been $250-500 depending on size, number of dogs/pets or the niceness of the apartment complex. We have always rented from private owners so we have gotten good deals on pet deposits. They have always been refundable (if all goes well) and the most we have paid is $500 for a dog and 2 cats. However, the last place we looked was an apartment complex and it was $500 for the first pet and an additional $100 per extra pet. THe most pet rent I have seen is $45 but I know it can get up to $85 or so. That will usually depend on the size of the dog as well. What size dog are you planning to get? I would probably offer a $300 pet deposit (Refundable) and $35 pet rent, then go up from there if necessary. Honestly, pets usually do not do $300 worth of damage. Good luck – keep us updated!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m not sure how this works as I’ve never done it myself, but I know many student friends of mine who are renting (both on campus apartments and off campus apartments) have simply gotten a note from the doctor stating that it would greatly benefit their health to have the companionship of an animal. Some were more related to anxiety, others were just easily given a note because pets generally do increase your happiness/health. Once they got a note, they got their pet since it was a medical need. The landlord/agency (even the campus) had to let them have their animal. 

Your note seems more than reasonable, as another PP said, maybe you’re starting out being too generous. If you start with a lower-but still decent-offer, you have more room to ‘give’ and go higher (even if that’s only up to your 1K you’d be ok with). I wouldn’t give them all the goods at first, leaving yourself room to negotiate may help express to them that you’re serious about making it work and ‘appeasing them,’ and it may cost less than you’re willing to pay 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’d call around to other apartment/condo/townhouse complexes in your area to see how much their pet deposit is. Just act like an interested buyer and they’ll probably tell you anything. $1000 non-refundable pet deposit seems extremely high to me. For us, we had a $200 non-refundable deposit along with a $200 refundable security deposit for each dog. The non-refundable one was for the cleaning they do once we move out and the refundable was just in case the dogs destory something. We also only pay $10/dog/month as a monthly fee.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@daniellemybelle: Yes, I meant strictly in the amounts of money you are offering at first. I would just start smaller and negotiate up if they want you too.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I live in a brand new house with laminate floors.  I own. 

Since getting a dog (nice, adult dog) in January, we have had to steam clean the carpet upstairs, then install a baby gate to keep her out of upstairs.  Then she got sick (TMI but you should know, diarrhea for a couple days until the vet opened after the weekend……then she got a bladder infection probably from contamination from the diarrhea). Due to all the messes, which we were extremely diligent about cleaning up, our laminate floors are ruined (due to the moisture of a pee we didn’t clean up in time).  To replace a small bit of floor will not match the rest, likely.  So, we are now having the expense of replacing all the flooring in our first floor.  

And our house is brand new. 

I fully understand why landlords don’t accept dogs. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Certainly start on the lower end of things $500-$800 and go up and to non-refundable if you get resistance. I would give them the letter before the meeting so that they know what to expect and have time to consider all the points. 

I think you’ve made excellent points and have really thought it through. I do have a question, you say that you have access to the outdoor access but also state that you won’t let the dog use the outdoors for relieving itself. I think that this is a bit extreme, sometimes a dog just has to go you know? Perhaps put in there that all “messes” would be immediately taken care of if they are on the property?

Not sure, but good luck and keep up updated. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it is reasonable to assume that the “pet deposit” is non-refundable (the ones I have paid were always non-refundable).  But $1000 is really high.  I have never paid more that $300 for a deposit, but I have cats, so it may be a bit different.  What size dog are you planning on getting?  My impression is that apartment complexes are more likely to allow little dogs than big ones.

I agree with Hedgeknits – complexes are usually really unwilling to budge – I wish you luck, but I would not get your hopes up.  And a word to the wise….don’t get a dog without their permission – I have seen several people get “caught” and they had to either move within a month or get rid of the dog … both options suck! 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

I agree with the earlier mention that you HAVE to get this in writing from them. If your complex is currently dog-free; let’s just say one of your neighbors (unbeknownst to you) HATES dogs. You get a dog, he sees the dog, he starts complaining, trying to get either the dog or you kicked out, saying that he moved in because it was a pet-free environment, etc. …

If you have it on your lease, at least they can’t go back on it (or if they do, you can take legal recourse).

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I am a landlord and i do not allow any pets at any of my rentals. I understand the managements point of view, that if they let you have one then they must let everyone have one, other tenants , even thought not directly connected to your town home will complain since you were allowed to have pets and they were not. Which opens up another can of worms for the managers. Also you mention this is a mangament company, they may not have direct control over pets being allowed, the group or individual that actually owns the property may dictate no pets allowed as this can cause issues with additional insurance, extermination cost, additional lawn cost due to pet mess etc and of course there is always the risk of neighbors that dislike pets, being bitten, especially when you live in the close quarters of apartments.

Years ago when i used to allow pets at a few properties we have we did a $300  pet deposit, with $100 non-refundable. I had mostly great pet experiences but I also have horror stories, and a property can have significant damage, especially carpets, trim, doors and lawns. There is always some deordorizing and extermination and touch up required after a pet lives in a property and that is where that non-refundable portion goes.

Sorry I am really not trying to be a downer, but i just wanted to let you know my experience,…But you never know until you ask. Good Luck!

 

 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@daniellemybelle: Yeah, I’m with ya. That’s why I don’t have a kitty yet 🙁 I can’t have a kitty that’s a lie. Lol. But I figured I’d put it out there since I’ve seen it ‘work.’ I hope that they’re reasonable with you and can understand that you’re getting a trained, adult rescue. It’s just too kind to say no to!

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