Pet Policy

INTRODUCTION

pet-policyThis policy establishes the rules and conditions under which a pet may be kept in Pledge Property Management, Inc. (“PPM”) residential apartments or its managed properties. The primary purpose of these rules is to establish reasonable requirements for the keeping of common household pets in order to provide a decent, safe and sanitary environment for existing and prospective tenants, PPM employees, the public, and to preserve the physical condition of PPM property. Under 2003 Title 24 CFR §960.705, this policy does not apply to Assistive Animals that reside in public housing or that visit Pledge Property Management, Inc. It does not limit or impair the rights of persons with disabilities, or affect any authority PPM has under other legal provisions to regulate animals that assist persons with disabilities.

Individual developments may designate selected common areas as no-pet areas, provided that rules governing these areas are reasonable and do not conflict with any Federal, State or local law or regulation governing the owning and keeping of pets in dwelling accommodations (apartments), and the essential terms of this policy.
Violations of this policy shall be considered a violation of a material term of your lease. The PPM manager may require the removal of a pet upon violation of these rules, or may commence eviction procedures. The appeal procedures that apply to other eviction actions, including the right to a grievance hearing, shall apply to violations of these rules.

Any animal found outdoor or in common areas without a proper license, tags and restraint shall be reported to the animal control unit or other applicable authority for its removal.

DEFINITIONS

Pet – a domesticated animal of a species that is commonly kept as a household pet in the community. A cat, dog, or canary is an example of a domesticated animal that is commonly kept as a household pet. A monkey, snake or spider is an example of an animal that is not commonly kept as a household pet in the community.

Assistive Animal – an animal which in the opinion of a treating professional provides assistance, service, or support to a person with disabilities and which is needed as a reasonable accommodation to such individual with disabilities.

TYPES AND NUMBER OF PETS ALLOWED

A maximum of two pets: a cat or a dog, or a fish tank not to exceed 20-gallons will be allowed unless permission is granted by the owner to allow more pets. Tenants who own more than the number of pets permitted at the time this policy is implemented may keep those pets as long as they were kept in compliance with a preexisting pet policy for their property. This exception applies only to the currently owned pets; therefore when one currently-owned pet leaves the household, the resident may not replace the pet but must comply with the new policy.

Only domesticated, common household pets will be allowed. Pets of vicious or aggressive disposition deemed by management to be potentially harmful to the health and safety of others are prohibited.
Livestock, poisonous reptiles, amphibians or fish, rodents including rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs or gerbils, snakes, birds of prey, insects, and arachnids are strictly prohibited.

PET OWNERSHIP RULES

A tenant who desires to acquire a new pet, keep an existing pet or add any new pet in a manner consistent with these rules must apply online at https://www.petscreening.com/referral/gxeCJ7ID9Kng  The tenant shall provide in this application: (a) an identifying description of the pet accompanied by two photographs, (b) certificates of spaying or neutering of dogs and cats and the inoculations required by law, (c) in the case of a dog, a copy of the current license required by law, (d) the name and phone number of two contact persons who can be called upon to care for the pet in an emergency, (e) pet rent of a minimum of thirty five U.S. Dollars ($35.00) but no more than fifty U.S. Dollars ($50.00) is required for the each pet residing in the dwelling and (f) a one-time non-refundable pet ownership fee of two hundred fifty U.S. Dollars ($250.00) in the form of a e-check, check or money order and made payable to the entity named by PPM. A tenant who wishes to keep a currently owned pet must provide the information listed above if he or she was not previously required to do so. No pet ownership fee will be required of residents who are registering currently owned pet(s) that were in compliance with any development pet policy.

The tenant shall be responsible for proper care, including but not limited to flea control, yearly inoculations (certifications of which must be presented to PPM), and compliance with all applicable state and federal statutes, city ordinances, and all authority rules and regulations.

The tenant shall keep the apartment and surrounding areas free of pet odors, insect infestation, waste and litter and maintain the apartment in sanitary condition at all times.

The tenant shall be responsible to clean up after their pet anywhere on PPM property or its managed property including carrying a “pooper scooper” and disposable plastic bag any time the pet is outside the apartment. Pet waste shall be bagged and disposed of in appropriate trash receptacles. Pet waste or pet litter shall not be deposited in the toilet.

The tenant shall keep his/her pet inside the apartment at all times except for transportation on and off PPM property and daily walks. When outside the apartment, dogs must be controlled on a leash. Other pets shall be in suitable portable cages when outside the apartment. No animal shall be tied or chained outside the apartment. Identifying tags shall be required in addition to license, rabies vaccination and any other tag required by law.

The tenant shall pay promptly, upon receipt of a bill, for the cost of all materials and/or labor for repair of any damage caused by their pet.

The tenant shall be responsible for any pet-related insect infestation and shall pay promptly, upon receipt of the bill, for all materials and/or labor used for necessary extermination.

No pet is to remain unattended without proper care. The tenant shall designate one or more persons as an emergency contact that can tend to the pet if the tenant is unable to do so. In instances where a pet appears to have been abandoned for more than 24 hours, and an emergency contact cannot be located, PPM shall report the matter to the Connecticut Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or other applicable authority for its removal. If necessary, PPM will enter the apartment, as in an emergency, to rescue the animal.

The tenant shall be responsible for insuring that the rights of other tenants to peace and quiet enjoyment, health, and/or safety are not infringed upon or diminished by his/her pet’s noise, odors, wastes, or other nuisance.

The tenant will be fined for violating the pet policy, $250 initially plus an additional $10 for each day thereafter that the violation exists.

The tenant shall be responsible for disposing of pet remains in accordance with Federal, State, and local laws, rules and regulations.
A copy of these rules shall be given to every resident who registers a pet and additional copies will be available at the PPM office.
The  PPM manager shall be responsible for maintaining records required by this policy including all pertinent pet-related information and documents supplied by tenants, periodic unit inspections, investigation of complaints regarding pets, billing for damages caused by pets and scheduling of repairs required because of pet action.

All complaints by other tenants or PPM personnel regarding pets shall be referred to the PPM property manager.
These rules may be amended from time to time by the PPM pursuant to PPM policy and in compliance with all relevant statutes and regulations.

Residents are prohibited from feeding or harboring stray animals. Feeding or harboring a stray animal shall constitute keeping an animal without approval of the PPM.

Residents shall not alter their apartment, patio or other area on PPM property to create an enclosure for a pet.

Residents shall not install bird feeders or feeders of any type without written approval from PPM.

DETERMINATION OF NO-PET ZONES

Individual developments may establish reasonable no-pet zones in areas such as playgrounds or other common areas with the approval of the PPM manager, local tenant task force, and Regional Manager. PPM shall post such areas as no-pet zones.

INSURANCE

The tenant must have general liability insurance without exclusion for pets.

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