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drich

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My tenant signed a lease that said NO PETS. I have just learned that she has a cat or cats living in the apartment. What should I do?
rkkeller

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It all depends on what you want really.

Do you: want the cat gone, want the cat and tenant gone, want a pet deposit and extra $ for allowing pets ?
drich

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Well, I don't think I want to get a new tenant. The reason I said no pets this time around is because my last tenants cats ruined all the tile in the dining room and kitchen and I had to replace everything - I don't want something like that to happen again. So, should I just ask for extra deposit...or?
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You could ask for extra deposit and make the tenant responsible for any damage done to the furniture by the cat. You are in a preferable position because the tenant has broke on the rules laid down in the contract. So it's your right to get rid of the tenant, too.
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YOU NEED TO KNOW IF ITS A CAT OR CATS ?? I AM AN ANIMAL PERSON & ALWAYS THE NICE LL WHEN IT COMES TO PETS. IT HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE SO FAR WITH MY ONLY 6 TENANT EXPERIENCE, THAT EVERYONE OF THEM TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT. I GIVE THEM PERMISSION AND WRITE IN THE LEASE WHAT ANIMAL THEY HAVE PERMISSION TO HAVE & DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO GET ANY OTHERS WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION ECT ECT...AND EVERYONE OF THEM WENT BEHIND MY BACK AND GOT ADDITIONAL ANIMALS. LIKE I WOULD NOT FIND OUT (HELLO). SO I AM A LITTLE SOUR ON TENANTS WHO DO THIS WITHOUT PERMISSION. ARE THEY INDOOR / OUTDOOR OR STAY INDOORS. EITHER WAY THEY MUST GET NEUTERED. AND SHOW PROOF OF IT. SHOULD YOU DECIDE TO BE A NICE LL. ADD TO THE LEASE HOW LONG THEY HAVE TO SHOW PROOF. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE A NICE LL, SEND THEM A NOTICE TO CEASE - A TIME FRAME TO GET RID OF THE ANIMALS. BUT IF THEY DO NOT THEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT EVICTION..( AS MY ATTORNEY HAS JUST TOLD ME ) IF THEY GET RID OF THE ANIMALS BEFORE COURT THE JUDGE WILL ALLOW THEM TO STAY ( 9 TIMES OUT OF 10 )  

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I agree with the person who said it depends on what you want and since you stated you don't want to get rid of your tenant I would say you should work them and tell them that you now require an extra security deposit that will be refundable if You decide that the cat has not done any damage to the apt when your tenant moves out.

And I think its a good question someone asked about how many cats does your tenant have ? Is it 4 or 40 ? If its the latter you need to worry and ask them to move.

The reason I picked the number 4 is I have 4 cats and as someone who has always had 2 cats I can tell you that having 4 cats is no different than having 2. Your tenant is either a basically clean person or not, so 2 cats, 4 cats, makes no difference. However, when you start getting up to higher numbers like 12 or more it most certainly does make a difference unless you have a staff helping you.

Good luck and if you like your tenant I vote for you letting them stay with just the extra security deposit in place.
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It would be best if you can state in the contract the possible consequences of having a pet inside. After all, you just care about your property.
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http://www.FollowMyLease.com will help to resolve this issue. The tenant would have to lie to you every month with our system.  This wouldn't look good in the JP Court if there was damage you had to recover.
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If you decide to let her keep the cat, ask for extra deposit and have an inspection (announced and unannounced) to check for any damage done by the pet.
I agree with carolinesmith09. It is really essential that you state the consequences and penalties of  having a pet in the property.
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Cats and Meerkats have surprising similarities without getting too terribly cranky.
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Now, that’s a serious issue. I hate the ones who don’t follow the rules. I say you give her a warning.
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Hello drich i am satisfied with suggestions provided here and in case you can give him advice to keep his or her pet in his room or specific area and you can manage it will i thought your problem has been solved till now.
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phyl6058

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Hi,
I want a cat for my child. which cat is good. Any one have idea.

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richardson03

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Maybe you should ask her if she want you to have a pet.
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One of the best way to talk to him or her because they know that no pets allowed and they are breaking the rule.
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