Blog Post What Happens When You Get Caught With a Pet in Your Apartment?

What Happens When You Get Caught With a Pet in Your Apartment?
Feb

8

2017

What Happens When You Get Caught With a Pet in Your Apartment?

If you’ve violated a ‘No Pets Allowed’ policy, what happens when landlord catches you with your pet in your apartment?  That’s a good question.  Let’s debunk it here and see if that is possible.
First of, when you signed a lease, did it say that this this is a “no pets allowed” property or “pets allowed” with weight or size restrictions?  Either way, if you snuck in a pet that was not allowed and you think your landlord will not notice, is it still worth taking such a chance?

What Are The Advantages of Sneaking In Your Pet?

The nicest advantage is that you will not be paying any non-refundable deposit or monthly pet fees. This will be a big-time saver. Non-refundable pet fees may range from $250-500 per pet and monthly pet rent can go as high as $50 per month. 
Well, let’s not get excited too quickly about “all the risky advantages” here and read on..

What If Any of This Happens…? 

So, you’ve moved into your new apartment and did not declare that you have a pet.  Ok, then let’s consider the most important instance:
NO PETS ALLOWED POLICY 
So, you think, how do I get caught?  It’s simple, let’s say your dog is loud and barks quite often, and your next door neighbor heard it and it bothers him.  Neighbor can easily complain to your landlord about it and that’s how your landlord will know you’re violating a policy of no pets allowed.
Another reason why there’s not pets allowed policy is because the landlord may not have any landlord pet insurance. What happens if your neighbor is allergic to your dog’s breed, which cause him shortness of breath and eventual hospitality?  Well, this neighbor will then file a suit against a landlord for not overseeing a strict policy of No Pets Allowed, which could leave to your eviction..

Can I Expect To Be Evicted Or Sued? 

There is a valid reason why a landlord will have a No Pets Allowed policy for their property and sneaking in your pet will be extremely risky business. As mentioned above, no pet policy is usually created for the following reasons:
        • Other tenants in building are allergic to cats/dogs
        • Landlord doesn’t want to deal with the damaged cause to apartment by pets and/or expensive cleaning
        • Landlord does not have pet insurance to cover any costs
  Also, imagine if your dog bites another tenant and you were not allowed to have a dog on property. This could easily lead to your eviction, if landlord is persistent enough with court filing. 
Sometimes, it won’t even lead to eviction, but it will lead to being served court documents for breaching the binding agreement on pet policy and the damage it has caused.
So, realistically, we do not recommend sneaking in your pet, as it is extremely risky and can lead to the following results:
        • Damaged credit
        • Eviction
        • Lease break penalty
        • Lawsuit
        • Loss of security deposit
     

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