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Why a landlord should allow a tenant with a cat — 6 Comments

  1. There is a distinction between apartment complexes built for the purpose of making money in real estate through rentals and homes that may have a rental unit built in legally or a second residence on their property. These are personal investments where the rent is built in to help offset the mortgage payments other homes are on the rental market as secondary homes again kept for investment and houses on the market for sale that offer sort term leases.
    Most landlords who have complexes or homes are rather pragmatic now that even with a no pet clause pets will come in under SD or ESA and it’s better to build the cost into the rent and deposits.
    The biggest cause of damage to a rental no matter human or animal is from negligent landlords who never inspect the property. Instead of catching a broken window and a chewed up door jamb they come in 5 years later and sue for thousands in damages that could have been mitigated. I see this in the cat hoarding where everyone in smelling distance had to have known and a landlord whining about his house now being a tear down. Inspections should be built into a rental agreement or lease as it’s the easiest and most economical way to protect everyone’s interests. A slob with one dog or cat can trash a place where a normal person with multiple pets may leave little to no impact on the property beyond normal wear and tear. I haven’t seen the caveat that cats must be declawed in a long time in NM. Most cats happily destroy the owners possessions if not properly trained. Landlords who have complexes or multiple units buy carpeting in bulk and plan on replacing it when tenants move out. They do not go to the Home Depot and have a resident interior decorator assist them in the right carpet for a rental units. It’s why you get dirty beige and poop brown in most rental units unless you’re up on the higher end rental units.
    Again the crux of this problem begins with absentee landlords who fail to mitigate issues before it hits crisis level.

  2. When you pay for an apartment complex and the land on which it is built with your own money then you can make your own rules on who lives there and what they can do on YOUR property. Just like people who want to keep TNR colonies of cats on others’ property, without the owner’s permission it is illegal — everywhere. You have NO RIGHT to use another’s property for your own use without the owner’s permission.

    Start buying land and build apartments to rent, then you can make the rules about what is and is not allowed on YOUR property. Not one second before that.

    • Of course you can make your own rules if you own the property provided those rules are within the law. You are not saying anything new there. But what I’m saying is that landlords are mistaken about banning tenants with cats.

      You tend not to read the article properly. You tend to interpret articles to suit your own ends. You have a blinkered view of life. You are biased and I say bigoted. And dare I say it, you are stupid.

      Please try and read what the article says, digest it, think about it and then if you have something sensible to say write about it in a comment do it, but don’t just dive in with your inane comments.

      • Actually you can’t make your own rules. Unless you own and live in a building with fewer than ( I can’t remember the exact number. small) you cannot refuse service animals or ESA. I think the rules get more stringent if you’re taking any HUD or section 8 monies. Landlords are often amazed at how many rights a tenant has.

  3. Michael, I so agree, but to agree with Kim (above) as well. That tends to be the requirement here in the US>>to de-claw the cats before renting(which, in my opinion, is bulls***). I would tell said landlord to have an amputation of the first knuckle of every one of his/her fingers first before I would de-claw a cat — since that is what is really done.

    Aside from that, I do live in an apartment (flat) which does allow cats. Although they prefer only 2, since I already had mine (13), plus my apartment is away from the main part of our bldg, (I am the only apartment on my side of the bldg.), it is not an issue of interfering with other tenants. Our landlord allows birds, fish and cats, but no dogs.

    I am fortunate in that respect. You brought out many GREAT points, Michael, and I totally agree that landlords need to be more pet friendly!! ♥♥♥

  4. Problem is, there’s an extra caveat in the US. Many landlords are requiring cat owners to declaw their cats before allowing them in the apt.

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