When a tenant, who has a pet, rents a property, it is important to have a complete understanding of the responsibilities of the tenant and the expectations of the landlord. The experts at LandLordStation.com recommend that you put all your terms and conditions regarding pets in the form of a pet agreement for rental. We suggest that you use the tenant pet agreement form below which can be altered to contain all the provisions you want to make.
The following is a sample pet agreement with a variety of places where you can insert the information you wish to specify. You can attach a pet agreement to the lease agreement so that it becomes a part of the original lease agreement by law. Each party must sign the pet agreement and there must be language in the document that refers to the pet agreement for rental as an addendum to the original lease.
This form is a guide for your convenience and is not a legal document.
SAMPLE PET AGREEMENT FORM:
This Pet Agreement shall be considered a part of the Lease Agreement for property located at (property address here) by and between (insert Landlord name here) and (insert all tenant’s names here). The Pet Agreement is included and recognized as Attachment A to modify the Lease Agreement that is dated (insert date of original lease here) and made a part thereof by reference.
1: AUTHORIZATION OF PET(S) AT PROPERTY LOCATION
The Landlord grants permission to Tenant to keep the pet(s) described herein on the property subject to the terms and conditions of the Lease Agreement and this Pet Agreement. The Landlord may revoke permission at any time if Tenant fails to comply with any of the terms of the Lease Agreement and the Pet Agreement.
2: SERVICE, GUIDE, SIGNAL OR SUPPORT ANIMAL OR PET
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the term "pet" excludes a service, guide, signal or support animal used by Tenant because of any physical handicap or because the Tenant is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals. The ADA defines "service animal" as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
A "pet" is defined as any animal, whether mammal, reptile, bird, fish rodent or insect. The term "pet" excludes a service animal.
3: ANIMAL DESCRIPTIONS
Please provide information below for each of the animals that will be housed on the Property:
A: Is animal a certified service animal as defined by the ADA or a pet?
B: Name of animal
C: Type of animal (dog, cat, bird, etc.)
D: Animal’s age and weight
E: Is animal spayed or neutered?
F: Are the animal’s vaccinations current?
G: Is the animal licensed (if required by law)?
LANDLORD AND TENANT FURTHER AGREEMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS
The Tenant(s) is hereby permitted to keep the following (number of pets) pets that are described individually above, on the Property during the Tenant's lease period. The Tenant acknowledges that any damage done to the Property by the pets listed in this Pet Agreement will be reimbursed to the Landlord as set out in the Lease Agreement including any damage to the exterior or interior of the premises, grounds, flooring, walls, trim, finish, tiles, carpeting, or any stains, etc. Damage caused by the pet will be the full financial responsibility of the Tenant and that Tenant agrees to pay all costs involved in the restoration to its original condition. If because of any such stains, etc., the damage is such that it cannot be removed, then Tenant agrees to pay the full expense of replacement.
The Tenant will provide adequate and regular veterinary care, as well as ample food and water, and will not leave pet unattended for any undue length of time. Tenant will diligently maintain cleanliness of litter boxes as well as pet sleeping and feeding areas. Tenant will prevent pets from engaging in behaviors or creating excessive noise at a level that disturbs neighbors, including, but not limited to, barking, jumping, and running.
The Tenant agrees that, if there is reasonable cause to believe an emergency situation exists with respect to the pet and if efforts to contact the resident or emergency caretaker are unsuccessful, the Landlord may contact the local animal control authority and assist its staff in entering the Property. Examples of an emergency situation include suspected abuse, abandonment, fire or other disaster, or any prolonged disturbance. If it becomes necessary for the pet to be boarded or to receive emergency medical care, any and all costs incurred will be the sole responsibility of the Tenant.
The Tenant agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend Landlord or Landlord’s agents against all liability, judgments, expenses (including attorney’s fees), or claims by third parties for any injury to any person or damage to property of any kind whatsoever caused by the Tenant’s pet(s).
Tenant(s): (signature) (*Note: everyone the original Lease Agreement needs to sign this addendum.)
Date of Agreement:_________________
Of course, you can modify this tenant Pet Agreement to add any items you wish or to remove any items you want.
Keep in mind that you, as a landlord, cannot refuse to lease to any party that has a recognized service, guide, signal or support animal as defined by the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and also under the provisions of most state laws.
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