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Pet Supplement: What Pet Owners Need to Know When Looking for Accommodation in the USA


Source: That American Life on Yandex Zen

Finding rental housing for those in the United States who have pets is more difficult and costly than for those who do not have pets. After all, if you decide to have a cat or a dog here, you should know: you will spend money not only on their food, toys and visits to the veterinarian, but also on accommodation, writes the author of the channel That American Life on Yandex Zen.

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In this case, the study of the rental housing market begins with sorting the offers. The fact is that not all American landlords allow pets to settle on the territory of their property. If you see a clause in the contract or advertisement stating that pets are not allowed in the house or apartment, violation of this rule may result in serious troubles, a fine and / or eviction.

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Still, most landlords will not mind your furry pet, but you will have to pay a number of additional fees for it. Traditionally, this list includes a deposit (it will be returned if the pet does not damage the house) and a monthly rent for the pet. In some cases, the landlord may also charge a separate non-refundable deposit.

The eligibility for all deposits is regulated by state law, and if you live in an area where such fees are legal, their amount can be ~ $ 200-500 depending on the size of the pet. If we talk about my experience, then I once lived in a house where you had to pay a deposit without the right of return ($ 300 for each pet), as well as in an apartment where there was no such deposit, but the usual insurance fee was charged, which was returned by completion of the contract after the inspection of the housing (also $ 300 for each pet).

The rent for a pet is different in each state, and it can increase depending on the size of the pet. For example, for a cat or small breed dog you will pay $ 15-30 / month, while for an animal weighing 30 kg or more you will have to pay $ 40-75 / month on average.

In addition, the landlord has the right to limit the tenant's ability to have an animal of a certain species or breed and to determine a limit on the total number of pets in the house. And even if you are a homeowner but live in a co-op, his council may impose similar restrictions on all tenants.

Therefore, before you start a four-legged friend (or pet with fewer or more limbs) in the United States, be sure to ask about the terms of your contract with the landlord or HOA (Homeowners Association) - this will help avoid embarrassment and trouble.

Original column published on channel That American Life on Yandex Zen

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