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post #31 of 53
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Originally Posted by lmunsie View Post
I can't believe people have to put down non-refundable pet deposits! That's insane. When I was looking for apartments they either 'allowed' pets or 'didn't allow' pets. I use quotations because in Ontario it's your right to own a pet and they can't really deny you. However I found a pet friendly building so there was no potential hassles, and obviously pay nothing extra.
I was wondering about that. In all the years I lived in apartment buildings and had my cat, I never had to pay anything for a pet. It was never even discussed. I wondered if Canada (well Ontario at least) had different laws since I've never been asked for a pet deposit. You are right Imunsie, either they allow pets or they don't.
post #32 of 53
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Rrrrr, we just found out that they're going to charge us $15 a month instead of $10 in "pet rent," on top of a $200 non refundable deposit. Never mind that our last contract specified $10/month pet rent.

I'd break this lease in a second if it didn't have such horrid repercussions on our future renting possibilities.

The husband is going to attempt to negotiate. We've been here 3 years. We've always paid our rent on time. We've never broken anything. Our apartment is extremely clean. We've never had the cops called on us. We've never thrown anyone down the stairs at 3 am. We don't deal drugs in the parking lot. Surely that will count for something? *sigh*
post #33 of 53
We never did anything bad either and never paid pet rent per month.
We paid 600 deposit.
post #34 of 53
I'm shocked at some of the replies in here - that's absurd!

In the city or province where I am, it's illegal for landlords to charge monthly rent for pets although some sleazies still try to do it. They can only charge a pet deposit, which is to be no more than half of one month's rent. That's it.

For my specific situation though, my landlord is not aware that we own a cat, only the dog.
post #35 of 53
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Originally Posted by lmunsie View Post
I can't believe people have to put down non-refundable pet deposits! That's insane. When I was looking for apartments they either 'allowed' pets or 'didn't allow' pets. I use quotations because in Ontario it's your right to own a pet and they can't really deny you. However I found a pet friendly building so there was no potential hassles, and obviously pay nothing extra.

I think it's reasonable that landlords be allowed to ask for a deposit. The laws in Ontario are really geared against landlords. In the meantime, tenants can and do trash a place and then face no consequences for doing so.

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Originally Posted by KatGoddess View Post
In the city or province where I am, it's illegal for landlords to charge monthly rent for pets although some sleazies still try to do it. They can only charge a pet deposit, which is to be no more than half of one month's rent. That's it.
I think that's perfectly reasonable.

In my experience pets do cause damage to apartments and it's not unreasonable to expect people to take responsibility for their pets (and themselves for that matter).

Sounds like it's a total free-for-all in the States though. It's outrageous what some landlords are getting away with charging!
post #36 of 53
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I wondered if Canada (well Ontario at least) had different laws since I've never been asked for a pet deposit. You are right Imunsie, either they allow pets or they don't.
Did you know that Ontario is the only province in Canada where it is ILLEGAL to discriminate against renting to pet owners? At least I *think* it's the only province. Maybe that has something to do with why you've never had to pay any pet deposits. Lucky!

Here in BC, it's an absolute nightmare to rent even if you have a single cat or a small dog (hence why my landlord doesn't know there's a cat in this suite). Unless you're a homeowner, Vancouver is really a very pet unfriendly city in terms of accommodations.
post #37 of 53
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Originally Posted by pushylady View Post
Sounds like it's a total free-for-all in the States though. It's outrageous what some landlords are getting away with charging!
It really is. And it was a major factor in buying a house instead of continuing to rent. We could either rent a slum-ish apartment that accepted pets, or pay unreasonable deposits plus pet rent and live in a decent to nice place. In this city there's just no in-between. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with having 3 colleges in town, but it's still unfair. 2 of our friends are planning on buying a house in the next year for similar reasons--and they only have 1 cat!
post #38 of 53
I paid a $350.00 deposit for two cats. At the time I moved in it was refundable, for people moving in now it is non-refundable. I pay an extra $40.00 a month in rent for the cats.
post #39 of 53
We paid £625 which we'll get back if there's nothing they need to replace. The rent is £525 a month, we don't pay more for keeping animals here but the rent in itself is a lot of money!
post #40 of 53
Sport and I live in a privately owned appartment. Our land lord loves cats and charges NO ADDITIONAL FEE to have a cat. He is the most awesome land lord in the world. I plan on living here as long as I conceivably can. I live one block from the beach on the south coast of Rhode Island. We live in a gorgeous converted historic summer hotel called "The Park Hotel", built in 1858...many famous people stayed here due to it's proximity to the famous "Theater By The Sea". People such as Mae West, Imogene Coca and Jessica Tandy to name a few. That being said...we pay ONLY $800 USD INCLUDING ALL UTILITIES, the appartment is about 1000 sq ft, we have a 150 sq ft deck and a 1/2 acre yard all to our selves. This place is a dream come true. We moved here in September 2008.

Happy New Year,

Rob & Sport
post #41 of 53
We don't pay anything extra for cats here
post #42 of 53
I paid $100 for a non refundable pet fee and $200 deposit for each cat. No extra pet rent. I specfically looked for a place that did not require paying extra per month, though.
post #43 of 53
$250 non-refundable deposit and $10/month.
post #44 of 53
I'm so glad I bought a house, and wil avoid renting in the future. Landlords are not allowed to discriminate against children and should not be allowed to discriminate against pet owners.
post #45 of 53
Our apartment has a 150 non refundable fee. We didn't have cats when we moved in, but we do now. There is no extra rent added. I live in the metro atlanta area, but do not live in the city of Atlanta though!
post #46 of 53
Our contract says they only allow 2 pets (cats or dogs I guess) and have a pet deposit of 300 I am not sure if it is refundable or not because they waized the deposit because they didn't want to advertise any more and really wanted some one to move in for the winter, plus they knew we had already been through so much after having the fire. We don't have to pay any extra pet rent.

The last place I had rented before I had my daughter said in the paper "no pets" but let me have my 2 dogs and the cat they didn't charge any extra deposit or pet rent. They said they allow pets if you already have one and can provide refrences but don't want people to go out and get puppies just because they could have pets.
post #47 of 53
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Originally Posted by musicalbookworm View Post
I'm so glad I bought a house, and wil avoid renting in the future. Landlords are not allowed to discriminate against children and should not be allowed to discriminate against pet owners.
Landlords here are not allowed to discriminate against small animals but still do

They don't charge a pet deposit, they just don't let you move in
post #48 of 53
I have a pretty strict apartment complex, too. It allows pets, but has very strict/complex requirements. Dogs must only weigh a certain amount, and you are not allowed more than two pets (cats or dogs) in an apartment. You are supposed to pay $300 per pet (cat or dog) and I don't think it's refundable either. There isn't any extra pet rent though...

I paid $300 back in Feb. when I went and got Mithril, and she died within two weeks of Panleuk. When we got Pixel and Bamf in June, we didn't pay any extra, because at the time we didn't know we were supposed to pay for EACH pet...

The property manager likes us a lot though. We always pay our rent on time (sometimes for several months at once), keep out place clean, and never cause any trouble. When we renewed our lease (for our 3rd year) in December, she wrote in the pet clause as "cat" and told us we officially just had one. Otherwise we would have had to pay another $300 - no fun.

It's crazy in the states, what some people want you to pay to have pets. We would love to have more kitties, actually, but it is probably good that they have the 'only two pets' clause in the leases, since we can't really afford more kitties anyway. Maybe one day we will buy a house and have a few more furbabies!
post #49 of 53
The last place I lived was a rental(from my mom)She owned the home and rented the land we were allowed 1 dog under 18inches and 2 cats.It pissed me off though because my mother OWNED the home......It was the land owners that made the rules.I has 1 dog and more than 2 cats and they never found out.
The current place i am in is a pet free place(well supposed to be)she let me bring my dog,rabbit,bird....She does not know about the other 2dogs,3cats(well as of this morning 1 more),and 2nd rabbit.Lucky i only see her 2x a year.
post #50 of 53
My Mum didn't tell our landlord about our pets till the day she signed the lease - he didn't mind but the ad did originally say no pets.

We live in a 6 bedroom [and rumpus] house and we've been here for 3 years this month!
post #51 of 53
$200 non-refundable fee and $20/mo
post #52 of 53
My apartment I'll be staying in through the summer has no deposit for a cat (only for a dog), and the monthly pet fee is $25.

Next fall, my new apartment has a $150 pet deposit and charges $10 per month to keep a cat.
post #53 of 53
FYI : just visited a local apartment complex ... they charged 200 per pet and it could be paid in installments with the rent
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