Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Pet Policy Aims to Help Owners and Managers. (Legislative Update)

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Pet Policy Aims to Help Owners and Managers. (Legislative Update)

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In the wake of the California's killer dog trial, in which lawyer Marjorie Knoller was found guilty of second-degree murder and both she and her husband Robert Noel were found guilty of manslaughter for their dogs' fatal mauling of a neighbor, property managers may now take a more vested interest in pet policies.

IREM's policy, "Pets in Conventional Housing," says owners and managers should have the right to set pet policies on a property-specific basis, and that such policies should not be mandated by municipalities or other governmental bodies. A number of reasons exist for owners to forbid pets on their properties. Common household pets increase the normal wear and tear on a rental unit. Secondly, apartment residents do not always control their pets and properly dispose of animal waste. Even the most carefully controlled and well-behaved pets increase the maintenance costs of a unit and increase the incidence of fleas and other pests, both during habitation and after the resident has moved. Additionally, many people have pet-related health issues such as allergies and cannot live in an environment permitting pets.

In addition to maintenance and health concerns, pets carry both liability and property rights issues. …

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