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I see nothing wrong with a no-pets policy. If you are a shareholder in a co-op and are subleasing, it makes a lot of sense not to allow pets--who wants to deal with complaints from neighbors about your tenants' yapping dog? Do you really need the hassle of being on the receiving end of a nasty-gram from the board?
Also, pets make messes and can cause damage. Have you ever tried to get the stench of cat pee out of wood flooring? Not fun.
i am allergic to animals--all else equal i prefer no-pets bldgs
Allow the pets, but ban pet-owners ... don't like 'em.
All my buildings are pet friendly and I rarely ever have problems with the pets or owners anywhere. Maybe because most of them have pets of their own and they tolerate each other?
Poor dogs though...
Its absolutely fine - and we are pet-owners. Just make sure it is crystal clear in the listing, so pet-owners don't waste their time/ your time because they see the building is "pet-friendly."
I must say I see both sides, as a future tenant and a current landlord.
We will be moving to NYC in June. We have a dog, and by a dog, I mean an animal that ways more than 15 lbs. We are also owners of rental properties, and we choose to have our rentals be "pet friendly" with a substantial non-refundable pet deposit. We feel it opens up more opportunity to have multiple people interested in our homes, an in this economy, (well, in this economy-NYC) we're happy to keep/obtain quality tenants. I think there are two types of pet owners, those that consider their pets there family and those that do not. For example our pet is part of our family, and as such has had to learn certain rules, and has limitations put upon him, as do our children.
Perhaps not in NYC, for the rest of the country it is hard to find quality tenants who truly value your property and will take care of it in a decent fashion, although they do not own it. I know for our upcoming move I have had the opportunity to email with some nice owners of various units and had the chance to be upfront with them about our dog, i.e. sending pictures of Trucker, so the owner can see the weight/size/breed of dog, and show him pictures of our dog interacting with other people and smaller animals as well. I feel luckily to have had a chance to converse with them about what my day to day routine will be, i.e. I won't be working during our 2yr stay in NYC, so our dog will have ample exercise and thus not be rambunctious and bothersome to other tenants.
Plus, as a dog owner it is MY RESONSIBILTY to teach my dog,clean-up after my dog, etc. I think that is the biggest issue, people in general lack responsibility a/o owning up to their responsibility. Was it fun to take my dog to tons of training classes, hell no, but is it great that he is an even-keeled and well mannered animal, hell yes. Plus, he even knows his commands via hand signals, (okay, I'm a bit type A)
As far as owners of co-ops, I completely agree that if they're all on board with a no-pet policy so be it. They each put a lot of cash to be an owner and thus have that privilege to make those kind of decisions as a group, and if you don't like it, find a different co-op a/o apartment to purchase. I also feel for the allergic folks, so I think it is good to have some non-pet buildings.
My only issues is this, don't advertise to be pet friendly and then have a ton of restrictions. I think it would be best to always meet the dog/cat prior to allowing the lease to be signed.
Okay, that's my 2 cents worth, or better put my mini-novella!
Sorry for the typos!
I'm so sorry, I did not look closely at this being in the Sales talk vs. the Rentals arena.
Don't worry, most people are not even aware of the fact that there are different areas of this site...
Is it just me or did this thread mysteriously get split into two??
i dislike buildings with a large percentage of dog owners. messy loud creatures. the dogs usually suck too.