Surcharge for a pet: how much does it cost to pet owners to rent a house in the USA
The process of finding housing for rent for those residents of the United States who have pets is more complicated and costly than for those who do not have pets. After all, if you decide to get a cat or a dog here, know that you will spend money not only on their food, toys and visits to the veterinarian, but also on accommodation. This is written by the author of the channel That American Life on Yandex.Zen.
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.
At the same time, most landlords will not mind your furry roommate, but you will have to pay a number of additional fees for it. Traditionally, this list includes a deposit (which will be returned if the animal does not harm anything in the house) and a monthly rent for the pet. Also, in some cases, the lessor may charge a separate deposit without the right to return.
The right to introduce all deposits is regulated by state law, and if you live in an area where such fees are legal, their amount may be ~ $ 200-500, depending on the size of the pet. Speaking about my experience, I once lived in a house where you had to pay a non-refundable deposit ($ 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 an inspection of housing (also $ 300 for each pet).
The rent for an animal varies from state to state, and may also 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 lessor has the right to limit the tenant in the ability to get an animal of a certain species or breed and determine the limit on the total number of pets in the house. And even if you are a homeowner but live in a cooperative, his board may introduce similar restrictions for all residents.
Therefore, before making a four-legged friend (or pet with fewer or more limbs) in the USA, be sure to check the terms of your contract with the landlord or HOA (homeowners partnership) - this will help to avoid embarrassment and trouble.
Original column published on the blog. That American Life on Yandex.Zen
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