Do you allow pets?
We get this question a lot. And hey, I get it, we have cats and dogs in our house. I love dogs. That said, I have had the inevitable experience of a negligent tenant who not only allowed their dogs to tear up every piece of landscaping (over a decade’s worth of hard work) in our Belton rental, but also ruined the carpet in the master closet where their pregnant cat gave birth.
I am a fervent believer in responsible pet ownership. I have also had personal experience with what one un-neutered animal of breeding age can do.
So here are our rules and regs regarding allowing pets in our rental properties…
Types of Animals Allowed
Cats – maximum of two – with a signed note from the vet that verifies they are up to date on all shots and are spayed or neutered
Dogs – maximum of two – weight limit under 50 pounds – with a signed note from the vet that verifies they are up to date on all shots and are spayed or neutered
Rodents (rat, mice, guinea pig, or ferret) or Reptiles – limit of two same sex, no reproductive pairs OR veterinarian-supplied proof they have been neutered – with an appropriate cage (these pets must be kept in an appropriate cage and not allowed to run free)
No livestock, no poisonous reptiles or insects (yes, I’ve had folks ask and no, we won’t be allowing it)
Pet Deposit and Pet Rent
- Pet Deposit – A non-refundable deposit of $200 per animal (cat or dog) and $25 per smaller pet (rodent, bird).
- Pet Rent – In the case of dogs or cats there is a $20 per month fee, per pet, added to the rent. For rodents, reptiles or birds, pet rent is $5 per month, per pet.