As a pet owner, finding a rental property that allows pets can be challenging. Many landlords and property managers are hesitant to accept pets due to concerns about potential damage or noise disturbances. However, with the right approach, it is possible to find a rental property that allows pets.
One way to do this is by providing a pet addendum to your rental agreement. This document is an additional agreement that is added to your standard rental agreement, outlining the terms and conditions of pet ownership in the rental property. A well-written pet addendum can help to reassure landlords and property managers that you are a responsible pet owner who will not cause any issues in the rental property.
To help you get started, here is a sample pet addendum to a rental agreement:
PET ADDENDUM TO RENTAL AGREEMENT
This pet addendum is made and entered into on [date] by and between [landlord name] (“Landlord”) and [tenant name] (“Tenant”).
1. Pet Description
Tenant will be keeping the following pet(s) on the premises:
Pet Name: [insert pet name]
Species: [insert species]
Breed: [insert breed]
Age: [insert age]
Weight: [insert weight]
Tenant agrees that the pet(s) shall not be allowed to:
a. Cause any damage to the rental property or premises.
b. Create any nuisances or disturbances, including, but not limited to, excessive barking, digging, or scratching.
c. Be left unattended for an extended period of time.
d. Be kept in any common areas of the building, including hallways, elevators, or lobbies.
e. Be let outside on the property without a leash or other appropriate restraint.
Tenant agrees to be solely liable for any damage caused by the pet(s) to the rental property or premises, as well as any personal injury or property damage caused by the pet(s) to any person or other animal.
4. Pet Fees
Tenant agrees to pay a non-refundable pet fee of [insert amount] in addition to the security deposit and rent.
Landlord reserves the right to inspect the rental property to ensure compliance with this pet addendum.
If Tenant violates any provision of this pet addendum, Landlord may terminate the rental agreement immediately and/or impose any penalties available under local, state, and federal law.
This pet addendum constitutes the entire agreement between the parties regarding pet ownership in the rental property. Any modifications to this agreement must be made in writing and signed by both parties.
With this pet addendum, you can confidently approach landlords and property managers about renting with your furry friend. Remember to be upfront and honest about your pet and provide references if possible to show that you are a responsible pet owner. Happy renting!