If you pet was charged extra rent would you pay?

@dloveli (4368)
United States
February 10, 2008 5:49pm CST
I was talking to a woman today in line at the store and she was telling me that her landlord charges $50 extra for pets. She was appauled that she would have to pay hard earned money for a "lousy kitten. WHAT! I completely lost it. She said she was thinking of leaving the kitten outside in her old hallway. I looked at the woman and said "Mam my animals are part of the family. Where I go they go. So I really dont need to hear this." She got very put out. Im sorry I think that the minute she chose to give that little kitten a home, it became part of her family. I honestly believe that if you dont have that kind of compassion, you should not own a pet of any kind. My husband pays and extra $100 a month rent for my dog and cat without question. We are not rich people. For us, Life with out them is unthinkable. I know that not everyone feels this way, but if people would really put thought into the responsibility of owning a pet, we wouldnt have so many strays and cases of abuse. Whats your take on this?
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21 responses
• United States
12 Feb 08
I wouldn't pay extra rent just to have a pet. I totally understand an extra deposit because of the potential for more damage, but a monthly pet rent on top of that is crazy. I can't really imagine having a pet, especially a dog, that was almost always indoors. I grew up on a farm, so I'm used to animals being able to run around, and only come inside at night or in bad weather. I don't buy into the "pets are family" yes, you take care of them, but at the end of the day it's a dog. Still, I agree that it is pretty crappy that the lady was just going to abandon her kitten because she wasn't smart enough to find a place that didn't charge extra rent, and didn't care enough to find the kitten a new home.
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• Canada
16 Feb 08
I completley disagree with this womans way of thinking! If she does not want the "lousy kitten" then she should not have addopted or purchased the animal in te first place! Second of all, if she does not want to pay the "lousy" fifty dollars a month for her pet she should find somewhere else to live that does not charge rent to poor innocent animals. That being said, I do not agree with landlords charging rent to animals. I mean seriously it's not like they get a choice whether they live there or not, like their owners do. The pet is not painting the walls or hauling furniture into the home. If the landlord does not want pets in the place they are renting they should specify this before allowing people with pets to move in and then slapping a 50$ per pet charge onto them. That being said I have never EVER heard of anyone chaging extra rent to a pet owner
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
16 Feb 08
I dont know if this is something that goes on particularly in my area of the country. Charging a deposit or extra money on monthly rent is practically the norm here. I wish I didnt have to pay. I pay a hundred dollars extra each month. In fact, my landlord told my husband that we could save money if we didnt have pets and my husband said no thank you, we'll pay it. I love that he does this for me. I just wish that he didnt have to. thanks for responding.
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• United States
16 Feb 08
Charging a pet rent is a pretty common practice. The truth of the matter is that there is more damage to a rental property if there is an animal in it. It is not the fault of the animals, but the truth is the truth. Animals have accidents, they are tougher on floors, and the carpets are harder to clean for the next tenant. With all that said, though, I think rent should be extra if a couple has kids, too! LOL
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Our apartment complex really screws people. You have to pay an extra $300 deposit PER pet and then an additional $30-$60 per month in rent. Our complex knows we have animals, just not what type so we have gotten away without paying the money. If we had to, we would pay it. Do I feel bad not paying, not really... The place we live in is really over priced and our animals have done zero damage to the apartment. My son has done more damage.
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@dloveli (4368)
• United States
11 Feb 08
If I had a way to keep my babies and not pay, trust and believe I would do it in a Hot minute! The point is you love you pets. You are really not telling them so you can keep your animals and live happily. Saving that 3-400 dollars is a help. Thank god they dont charge us per child.lol
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@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
11 Feb 08
If they wouldn't do both, I would go in there and say well besides the birds and fish, we do have 2 cats. But since they want to screw us, I do see why I should be honest. Before we moved into the apartment owned by this company we had lived in places that only charged the extra deposit. I really don't understand why they need to charge both. For two cats we would have to pay $600 deposit, half of which is non-refundable.
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@crazylady (470)
• United States
16 Feb 08
Some people shouldn't have pets. When we rented a house, we asked the rental agency if we could get a dog, and they notified the home owner who said yes with a deposit, so we paid the deposit.
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@dloveli (4368)
• United States
16 Feb 08
That is so good to hear. It seems to me like your pets are truly lucky to have a family like you to love them. THanks for your response.
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• United States
11 Feb 08
I agree with you 100% on this subject. I would not hesitate to pay extra money each month for my pet to live with me. If all pet owners were responsible there wouldn't be a need to charge extra money to help offset expenses occured such as soiled carpets, chewed up walls and baseboards, etc. My pet is an important part of my family. That means that not only will I pay extra expenses for it, but that I will also invest the proper amount of time in my pet so that it is well trained and behaved. This woman is a prime example of the type of person that doesn't understand the lifelong commitment it takes when making a pet a part of your family. Excellent subject Laisydaisy
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@dloveli (4368)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Pets are the same as children. It is a lifelong comittment. Thanks for agreeing with me. It's nice to know that there are people out there who see things as I do.
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@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
11 Feb 08
That's a horrifying response to hear. Her kitten isn't worth $50 to her. I fully agree with you that people who don't consider their pets as family members ought not to have them. The pet depends on its owner for sustenance, love, shelter and affection. No different than a human child. It is a serious responsibility. Yes, one can give away a pet or make other arrangements for their pet's well being. But to abandon them is a harsh way to go. I know there are exceptions where that is the only option, but they are rare. I have paid an extra $300 to have my cat here with me. It is a one time per head deposit. And my cat is worth that. I hate the amount charged. But I love my cat. But the biggest pizzer of all to me is the fact that there is a charge at all! Yes, I understand about pet odors and stains being a problem. But I have yet to see an indoor pet do as much damage to a building as children do. No prob there, but how come there is not a $___.00 charge per head deposit for these destructive members of a family?!
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@dloveli (4368)
• United States
11 Feb 08
sooo true. Children can be just as bad. SOmetimes worse than animals. I am constantly being asked if my pets are allowed outside. When I tell them NO the are in shock because there is no smell, no mess, nothing. I feel if you take care of a mess as soon as its created, you shouldnt have odor, complaints or to pay fees
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@madasp (563)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I'm with you dloveli, pets are part of the family. I wouldn't even think of moving somewhere where they couldn't come and I've paid extra in the past because of them, but to me its worth it. My sister-in-law is one of the others. She's never really had any pets of her own, but one of her ex-husbands had a dog and she made it stay outside until she finally talked him into getting rid of it then she just dropped it at the pound one day and couldn't figure out why he was so upset. Her point was "its just a dog". I just shake my head at people who can think that way.
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Thanks for the support. Its so sad that some people will never experience what we do with our pets. I have even posted a discussion swearing my dog was really a hairy boy.lol Sometimes I cant tell who is the human. It is sad to think that as cold as it is outside, there are animals with no one to care walking around. If I could, I would save them all. I am literally tearing up as I type. Thanks for the response.
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• United States
11 Feb 08
Human sentiment, what an odd beast. If that lady cannot afford the extra 50 dollars a month to keep her cat, it is her choice. Personally, I don't like that she would leave it, but stop judging others, it makes you seem like a worse person. If she can't afford it or doesn't like the cat that much then she has the right to get rid of it. If you cared that much, then you should have offered to take it. Unless you really didn't care that much about it and only wanted an excuse to be "better" than somebody else.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
11 Feb 08
that is a bit unfair, valerie, the woman may not have known there would be a rent increase - she may have had the cat and then later one the landlord decided to change the terms of renting. if the landlord wants a few hundred dollars secrity deposit and in addition a larger rent each month - she couldn't have THOUGHT about that before it was changed - she would not have known how much if she even thought it would happen. if the cat is not important enough to her to pay the extra or maybe she just does not HAVE the extra - people's expenses do change and maybe she does not have sufficient income where she might have had it before... then she should find it another living option. I do not understand what is meant by keeping it in a hallway -
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• United States
11 Feb 08
First off, I am better than no one. ===================================== Your high and mighty attitude says something way differently. The way you are acting, you are treating her like she killed somebody and that you are some awesome, compassionate person who is the standard for all pet owners (if you weren't, then why brag about the fact you pay for your pets?) ========================= Secondly, even if she cant afford it, or doesnt like it then she should have thought of that from the begginning. ========================= Based off of your original post, she wasn't paying 50 dollars a month for her pet until she got with her new landlord, so both of your points are void. If she couldn't afford it, no amount of love is worth going on homless to protect a cat. ========================= We are in the 21st centuury, democracy remember? ========================= Democracy has nothing to do with being able to get rid of your pet. In fact, democracy is associated with freedom of choice, which would mean that a democracy is actually a point for having people get rid of their pets (they can). ========================= I hope she thinks before she has children. ========================= Unrelated to the thread. Children are humans, and cats are pets. Cats lives are inherently less valuable than ours. If you beleive in most forms of God, you should know that animals were typically put on earth for us to use. And if you don't, it should be obvious that animals with limited to know self awareness, limited awareness in general are not the same as thinking beings with self awareness and the capability for deep thought. ========================== Ignoring things and acting as if it isnt your problem. ========================== Gee, you know what is worse than that? Butting into somebody elses personal life and then trying to convince me it is my problem somebody else can't afford a cat. ========================== Try to get off your high horse and stop judging people by a discussion they started. ========================== This actually made me laugh. I am on a high horse? Me, the person who merely told you that you were being abrasive and being judgemental without knowing others? Look at yourself. You are telling somebody she is an awful person because she doesn't want to keep a cat and trying to make everybody beleive it is their concern, not the owner of the cat's. You are claiming that you are the voice of mothers (nothing to do with this discussion) and pet owners, proving that you have an inflated opinion of yourself. You then go on to say that they NEED you to tell them about all these little issues where somebody doesn't fit your perfect standard of being a pet owner. And somehow I manage to be the person on a high horse? If you really and truly think that I am on a high horse and you are some saint, you need to get your head examined. Now.
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I am very glad to know that I have created such a great discussion. Thanks for your response. I think, however, that you could find something better to do than to try to pick a fight on myLot. You must really be bored. Might I suggest a hobby?lollollololol!!!!!!! Thank you for your response Its nice to hear all types of opinions. I am just a woman, mother who loves her pets. If this is offensive to you then I suggest that maybe you never get a pet or make a serious decision on your own. I also know first hand what its like for circumstances to change. Even then my pets were part of my family. That is how I feel. Im not asking for you to understand or even appreciate it. I ask you to stop looking for the shock value and consider someone elses opinion. Thank you and God Bless YOU!!!
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
11 Feb 08
This Woman has no right to even have a Pet Yes I do pay a bit extra for my little Dog and I always will as I would never leave him And you are right they are family My little Gissi is my Baby and he goes every where with me
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
13 Feb 08
He is soo cute. I do have a picture of my baby on my profile. Feel free to look. Thanks for understanding my point. Im glad to know there are lots and lots of advocates for animals
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@dloveli (4368)
• United States
13 Feb 08
He is soo cute. I do have a picture of my baby on my profile. Feel free to look. Thanks for understanding my point. Im glad to know there are lots and lots of advocates for animals
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb 08
I have just looked and he is lovely
• India
11 Feb 08
I agree with you totally, the moment you bring a pet home to keep, it is the same as adopting a child and he becomes a part of the family. Maybe there should be a law to 'screen' potential pet owners before they are allowed to keep them, to see if they are capable 'parents'.
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
11 Feb 08
If only that were possible. I can dream cant I?
• United States
12 Feb 08
Yeah, lets cost the government millions more dollars they don't have to screen for a problem as insignificant as bad pet owners. And the lady might not even be bad, she just couldn't predict the rate increase when she moved, so she would probably pass. Most "screenings" for things are simply if you have any offenses. Teacher screenings only check if you have a felony, and even if you had a pet screening, only somebody who has an animal cruelty violation wouldn't pass the screening.
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• United States
11 Feb 08
50 dollars a month isnt bad if you really want a pet. Our landlord wanted us to pay 250 dollar deposit plus 100 dollars a month, needless to say we did not want a pet that bad. I understand why landlords charge this, pets pee and poo on the floors, eat and chew things they are not supposed to, scratch floors etc, they need to be compensated somehow for people who have pets. Even responsible people's pets will likely cause some damage.
• United States
11 Feb 08
I do agree that landlords should ask for a larger safety deposit from those who have pets. After all, they don't know how well the animal is trained, or how responsible the owners will be about cleaningup after it. I do have a problem with them charging a monthly "pet rent" though. If they are paying an extra $50 a month, that's $600 in just a year, on top of whatever the extra safety deposit was. There is no way an animal could cause even half that much damage before the owner got kicked out of the building. Landlords who charge both are just taking advantage of the fact that people who love their pets will pay the money (and those are usually the owners whose pets are less likely to cause damage in the first place).
@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
13 Feb 08
"...pee and poo on the floors, eat and chew things they are not supposed to, scratch floors etc,...". You forgot: write on the walls with crayon and pens, poke holes in doors, get fingerprints all over everything, stuff things down the toilet, throw up where they are, spill food & drink on the carpet, pull that stringy thing in the carpet til there is no more, pull paint chips off the wall, slam doors til the handle no longer works,...oh. Wait. We're talking about PET destruction. Nevermind then.
@Azita888 (315)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Well I heard of some apartments charging pet rent but I don't agree with it. Pets don't have jobs so they don't need to pay rent. I don't understand that part at all, people with kids don't pay kid rent so why do people with pets have to pay pet rent? I agree with paying a higher deposit for an apartment if you have pets due to potential damage pets can cause, but deposit means you get it back if your pets don't cause damage. As for the lady who said she was gonna leave her kitten cause of her landlord charging pet rent... that;s ridiculous she chose to live there if she doesn't like it she should move somewhere where there is no pet rent. Leaving a kitten after he already had a home is just heartless.
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
27 Feb 08
I couldnt believe what she was saying either. I dont like the fact that I, too pay an extra $100 a month. Fifty for my dog and $50 for my cat. I made the choice to become a pet owner. I took on the responsibility of caring for these animals and no matter what the cost is, I will be responsible for it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.dl
@Saicows (113)
• Brazil
25 Feb 08
I´m sorry loveli, but i think that you really should pay a extra fee for your pets. Specialy Dog´s. Because they bark when are alone and some of them cause problems to the house (break stuff, pee on everything)
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
25 Feb 08
i think you misunderstood the discussion. I do pay fees for my cat and dog. Fifty dollars a piece extra each month on my rent. The discussion was pertaining to a woman in a store who stated that she was going to leave her cat outside in the hallway instead of paying the fees. She was not willing to pay for her kitty. I ended up taking her and finding her a great home. SOrry about the misunderstanding. Thanks for your response.dl
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
25 Feb 08
I have never had to pay extra rent for having a pet but I have heard of this before. I also have had the experience of renting a motel room and being charged an extra $10 for having my dog with me. I was totally surprised by this but I had no choice but to pay it because I was just too tired to drive any more that night. I was travelling about 3000 KM from Winnipeg to Vancouver and I couldn't drive anymore that night. I had never heard of this before so I thought she was just being rediculous about the extra $10 but I had no choice. I asked her why and she said because she would have to take more time vacuuming the room after we left. Really, like they vacuum it every time they have a person stay the night, I don't think so.
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
25 Feb 08
You are lucky the hotel even charged you. About 2 years ago we had a fire at the apartment we were living at. The redcross put us up at the holiday Inn. They didnt want us to bring any thing in with us much less pets. We had to sneak them in. I was almost going to sleep in the car with them. It was December/ early January it was freezing so I had to sneak them in. I think once you decide to have a pet it becomes a responsibility. I take care of all my responsibilities. It seems you do too. Its good to know that there are a few of us out there. Thanks for your response. dl
@blueunicorn (2409)
• United States
16 Feb 08
That is just terrible that the woman would even consider just putting the cat out in the hallway at her old place. I can't stand the attitude people have about pets like that! I have to admit that I didn't always have such a strong view and was pretty casual about pets myself. After volunteering for rescue groups, though, I will never be able to go back to a casual attitude about pets and constantly try to explain to people that pets should be forever. I agree, that woman should look for a place that she can afford with the pet rent. At the very least she should be responsible enough to find someone to care for the cat or call a cat rescue group. Argh, leaving it outside in the hallway to fend for itself or make it someone else's reponsibility. That's terrible!
@joanana (770)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Well, I would be put out that I was charged a fee for my pet. Especially considering the fact that most pets are better behaved than children. *smirks* I would probably look for another place that didn't charge a fee, but I wouldn't be offended over the fee and put my pet out. That's just wrong. My pets are family and as you said, where I go they go. To me that woman is a horrible person for even considering abandoning her baby just for an extra $50 a month. Leave it out in the hall?! How cruel!
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
16 Feb 08
I do see your point as well. I think being charged extra rent for something that is possible better behaved than some children is preposterous. But the world is what it is and does what it wants. And if the landlord wants to charge a fee, he can. I have been charged a at every apartment I have ever had. Consider yourself lucky if you havent been charged. Thanks for your response.
@4chanftw (40)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I love animals. I have two goldens and two cats. One cat was the runt of the litter and now he weighs 30 pounds. Hes really strong and fit so I guess its not horrible. But it would have to be atleast $5000 for me to think about it but I would end up moving. I would never put a price on a dog. That lady deserves to be hit. She bought the pet. She SHOULD love her pet and she shouldn't complain about $50. Thats just stupid.
• United States
12 Feb 08
You can't just tell somebody what they should and shouldn't do. I mean, that is just plain WRONG. IT goes for everybody else in the thread who says she doesn't deserve to have a pet. She was taking care of it beforehand and then complained when she moved and had to pay more. If you were in debt, would you really pay extra to keep a cat in your house and further your debt? You might, but you can't say that every pet owner has to care that much. There are a lot worse cases than somebody wanting to get rid of a pet they can't afford. Go after the people who whip dogs or some of the other stuff on that animal cops show.
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
11 Feb 08
My take is much like yours. Currently, I don't have any pets but in the past I have and I have paid extra rent to have them. That is because they can cause damage. When a cat pees on a carpet...the entire carpet needs to be replaced...same with wood floors. I can certainly understand the landlord's point and if I had a pet, I'd be more than willing to pay. Look at how many landlords just don't allow pets at all. By charging extra, the landlord can clearly weed out those that really really love their pets as opposed to those who do not.
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I also understand a landlord's plight as well. I love my animals as much as my children. My family is now made up of a dog and cat, two parakeets and 3 fish as well as my human members as well. I treat them as I would want someone to treat me. If they do however, have animals that create little messes here and there and one takes care of them immediately, there will be no need for changing up carpets or floor. Thanks for you response.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
11 Feb 08
like family members to some does not necessitate that they be regarded the same to all. Though, I agree that with the taking in of an animal - be it as a pet or as livelihood or even as sustenance the owner has a certain responsibility to that pet... to ensure that it is properly taken care of - this includes food and shelter and medical care.... to answer the question as to what I would do - depends on the cost of the rent increase and if I felt it doable, or important enough. to be fair this woman may not have had a charge on the rent when she got the cat and it may be a new thing added by the landlord - and cat's generally do not make much property damage - if it is a large fee every month I would not think it was worth it - so now it boils down to whether or not I felt the apartment was worth it... if the apartment was worth it I would seek a new owner for the pet - if the apartment was not worth it I would seek a new residence for myself and the pet.
@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I would definitely pay the extra. For my family and I, as well, our pets become part of the family and they to go where we go. I understand completely people charging extra for having pets and would pay it in a heartbeat. I think it's ridiculous that she wasn't even willing to pay 50 extra for her kitten. Most places charge a lot more, so that is pretty cheap in my book. And then to think she would just abandoned it is absolutely appauling to me. thanks for sharing and God bless