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Pet clauses on leases are quite common. You may find that the building where you are renting does not allow pets at all or it may allow certain pets. Whatever the case, have a read through and check the particular terms and conditions that apply to the pet clause before signing a lease and moving in. If you have a pet or if you are planning on getting one in the future, then this is something that you need to be aware of now, not after you have already signed the lease.

Having a pet is a big responsibility and pet owners know that pets can actually do a lot of damage to a property. Dogs can leave their fur all over the place, can scratch the floors when skidding around the rooms and can cause serious flea and tick problems for the house. Cats can scratch furniture, leave cat fur and dander everywhere and cause problems for the next tenants if they have an allergy. This is why many landlords and property managers will not allow pets in rental properties.

Pets in Rentals

If your landlord does allow an animal then you may be restricted to certain ones. For example, you may be allowed a bird or a cat but not a dog. You may be allowed a certain type of dog or cat but not a bird. This all depends on the requests of the landlord or the property manager. If you live in an apartment, then a cat may be allowed but a dog may not be allowed. A bird may also be off limits as they tend to be noisy and loud with their constant singing and screeching.

If you live in a house then you may be allowed to have a dog but he may not be allowed inside the house. This is a common clause. Letting your dog inside the house can result in a loss of your damage deposit or your pet bond in some instances. Furthermore, if the dog does damage to the property, which tends to happen even in well behaved pups, then you could lose a lot of trust and respect from your landlord.

Whatever the pet clause says, most landlords and property managers will have a pet bond or security deposit in place. What this means is that you will need to pay a certain amount up front that you will get back at the end of your lease provided the house remains in the same condition as when you left it. The bond may be used to steam clean the carpets or fix up the walls if the animal has done some damage to the property.

A pet bond is a way for landlords to protect their home and finances but also a way for you to live with your pet in a rental. Finding a rental home that allows animals can be tricky and thus a pet bond provides more security and more insurance so that more landlords are willing to let pets and people live in their home together.

Pet clauses on leases must be adhered to. If your lease says no pets, then do not try to sneak in a cat as it will just end poorly. If you do plan on getting a pet in the near future, then tell your landlord this up front. He may make an arrangement for you or he may remain strict on the no pet rule. Whatever you do, don't try to go against the rules on the lease as breaking a lease can result in eviction, a poor reference and even legal action in some instances.

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