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I keep seeing this issue pop up in unrelated threads, so thought I'd start this off. We LOVE our pets!
We allow pets, case by case. Our ads all state this. If someone is truly allergic I'd hope they would be paying close attention to the content of our ads.
Many insurance companies have restrictions on the types/breeds of pets they will allow. ( yes, indeed- I've seen claims denied because of such.). Because of that, we deal with pet owners on a case by case situation. Depending on the breed & size I do or don't charge an extra Pet Damage Deposit Our area allows dogs on the beach ( unusual!!), so our Pet Policy has very detailed requirements.
I tend to negotiate this (sometimes waiving the Pet Deposit- they think they are getting a good deal). Here's our Pet Policy. What do you guys do, if you allow pets?
$50.00 Damage Deposit per pet, unless otherwise noted below. (To be refunded within 15 calendar days after renter checks out if no clean up or damage is assessed.)
Due to insurance coverage, The Galveston Sand Dollar Cottage can only allow certain breeds and sizes of animals. You MUST have this agreement signed by both Deb Jones, owner and __________________, Primary Renter, in order to have a pet on the premises during your rental period.
The animal(s) must be current on all vaccinations, and a flea prevention protocol.
Type of Animal:
Dog____ Breed_________________ Size (weight)____________
You must clean up all pet waste from the yard, (and surrounding properties, if you walk your pet.)
Cat_____ You must furnish your own litter box and dispose of used litter in an enclosed trash bag to be placed in the trash cans with other waste.
Terms of Agreement
I agree to abide by these conditions and the Terms of Agreement.
Pet Damage Deposit Amount_______________
Primary Renter Name (printed)__________________________________________________
Please bring copies of your pet’s vaccination record with you. This will insure your pet’s safety and well being in case you encounter any problems during your stay.
I accept dogs. We have dogs of our own and enjoy traveling with them.
I advertise dogs will be considered and approved by the owner.
Approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of our guests each year (seasonal New England summer rental) bring their dogs.
I request information about breed, age, training, temperament, barking, travel experience, etc to decide.
Dog rules are outlined in an addendum to the rental agreement:
Dogs may not be on furniture, beds, bedding, or other furnishings; they may not be left unattended in my home; they are not allowed on the front lawn or landscaped areas; dog waste must be disposed of properly by the guest in all outdoor areas (this includes the exterior of our home and the private lane on which we are located).
I provide information on access/restirctions to beaches, parks, and conservation lands. I include information about local noise ordinances; I woudn't want my neighbors disturbed by a noisy dog. I also advise of the local leash law.
On another thread someone wrote about requesting flea and tick treament assurance. I think this is brillant and will incorporate this requirement into my pet addendum. A flea infestation would be horrific. Ticks we have aplenty . . . . .
I request a security deposit of $500. I do not request a pet fee or a specific pet deposit. My pet addendum which is signed by guest and owner indicates I may hold any part of, or the total of, the security deposit for any damages related to the pet and that I and/or my housecleaners will determine what constitutes damage and will provide receipts for replacement, repair, etc.
In several years of renting to guests and their pets I have found that pets do less damage than people. I can't think of a single problem in over 10 years. We did not accept dogs for the first several years we rented because of our concern for wear and tear. It turns out to be just fine.
I provide my housekeepers with a chart that highlights pets (and children!) so they can do an exceptionally thorough cleaning between guests, especially when a guest with a dog is followed by a guest that does not have a dog.
I do not hesitate to turn down very large dogs, multiple dogs, dogs that have owners that do not respond well to my questions, etc. I have also had a few guests decide to board their pets - perhaps the rules made them think a week of closely supervising a dog will not make for a relaxing week at the beach.
I couldn't agree with you more. We have found the same thing to be true at our cottage. We require the same things of our guests with dogs as you do. We also feel they take better care of the cottage than guests that come without dogs.
I have to say that I have never had to turn down a guest due to size or breed, but I have turned down guests who do not supply us with the proper vaccine records, proof of flea/tick preventative and guests with dogs who are not crate trained.
We stay booked because we are pet friendly and PROUD!
Our pet policy for what it is worth...we do restrict age but not size or breed, and will screen the owner via phone.
We are happy to accommodate your canine companion with advance notice and the following conditions…
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