Pet Policy

Welcome, pet-owning residents!  We know how important your pets and future pets are to you.  They become part of the family.  While not every apartment community can be pet friendly, many of Big Guy Properties communities are.  You can reach out to your local Property Manager to find out more.  For all of our communities that do allow pets, there are still some basic policies the must be followed:

PET DEPOSIT:  We require a pet deposit of $250.00.  This deposit is converted to and treated as the security deposit, and is 100% refundable, less any damages, at the end of your tenancy with our community.

PET RENT:  We require a monthly pet rent of $25.00, due at the same time as your monthly rent payment.

NUMBER AND SIZE OF PETS:  We limit the number of pets per unit to 2.  Some communities may have a weight limit as well.

PET CONTROL:  Tenant agrees to comply with all the applicable statutes, ordinances, restrictions, home owner’s association rules, and other enforceable regulations regarding any pet, including licensing the pet, if applicable.  Tenant further agrees to: 1.) keep pet vaccinations current, 2.) to confine the pet, when outside, with a leash or in a carrier, and 3.) to promptly and properly remove any pet waste from any part of the Property.  Tenant shall take all reasonable action to insure that the pet(s) described herein do not violate the rights of other persons on the Property, and shall not permit the pet(s) to bark, howl, snarl, or otherwise create any noise at such a level, frequency, or time as to disturb other Tenants.

Tenant shall not leave the pet(s) unattended on the Premises for any period in excess of 3 days.  Tenant shall provide proper care, food, and shelter for the pet(s).  No breeding of the pet(s) shall be permitted on the premises.  No pet(s) shall be tied up outside of the interior of the unit unattended.

PET REMOVAL:  If Landlord receives any written or verbal complaints from other Tenants at the Property concerning Tenant’s failure to comply with the conditions described in the Addendum, Landlord shall investigate the complaint(s) and inform Tenant, in writing, about the same.  If Tenant fails to address said complaint(s) after 4 written notifications, Landlord shall notify Tenant, in writing, of Landlord’s demand to remove, or to cause to be removed, Tenant’s pet or pets from the Premises within 30 days.

TENANT’S LIABILITIES:  Tenant shall be responsible for all damages to the Premises caused by the pet(s) described herein, including but not limited to carpets, doors, walls, drapes, wallpaper, windows, screens, furniture, appliances, sod, yards, fences, or landscaping.  Upon termination of the Lease or removal of the pet(s) from the Premises, whichever occurs first, and if any part of the Premises leased by Tenant were damaged or fouled by the pet(s) or infested with fleas, Tenant shall be responsible for the cost for professional carpet cleaning, treatment for flea infestation, and any other repair or replacement required and related to property damage caused by Tenant’s pet(s).  These repair or replacement costs shall be deducted from the Security Deposit.  If damage caused by the pet(s) exceeds the dollar amount of the Security Deposit, any and all additional costs must be paid by Tenant immediately upon demand by Landlord.

ACCESS TO PREMISES:  Tenant must remove or confine any pet at any time that the pet is likely to limit or to prohibit Landlord or other authorized persons access to Premises as permitted by the Lease.

INDEMNIFICATION:  To the extent permitted by law, Tenant agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend Landlord, Landlord’s property manager (if there is one), and Landlord’s agents from any and all damages, costs, expenses, and reasonable attorney’s fees, if any, which Landlord may suffer or incur in connection with the act or acts of any pet(s) described herein.

SERVICE, GUIDE, SIGNAL, OR SUPPORT ANIMAL:  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the term “pet” excludes a service, guide, signal, or support animal used by Tenant because of blindness, or deafness, or because of a physical handicap, or because the Tenant is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals.  Service animals and lease agreements are guided by federal law under the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as under the Fair Housing Act.  Tenant must submit proper documentation to identify the service animal as described in the federal statutes.