This is Paul Kankowski, I do property management in the Temecula – San Diego area and I’m going over the California Association of Realtors Pet Addendum compared to some other pet addendums. If you want to use the California Association of Realtor’s pet addendum you need to hire a licensed real estate agent who’s a member of the California Association of Realtors. It’s very important because you can’t just take this form and use it, it must be used by
someone who pays to use this form.
The California Association of Realtors does a really good job of creating forms that Realtors can use. I just want to want to go over what their points and tell you what points we would use in our lease. I have a sample form that you’re more than welcome to use.
Let’s start with the California Association of Realtor’s pet addendums, so the big important thing is that they can only have the pets that are on this addendum. You will list the pets, I always like to list the breed, if it’s a dog or cat, the name of the dog or cat and how old it is. I don’t want foo-foo the poodle to become foo-foo the pitbull. Always put all that stuff so that when dealing with it, you know exactly what animal was there. It is also good to get a picture of all animals that are on the property so that you can keep those on record. Have them send a photo of their pets.
The California Association Realtors says the tenant is responsible for the following:
1. Tenant is not allowed to have any other pets on the Premises other than those designated above, including any pets that are “just visiting.”
2. Tenant represents to Landlord that the pet(s) is housebroken, has no vicious tendencies or history of threatening or causing harm to persons by biting, scratching, chewing, or otherwise.
3. Tenant agrees that the pet(s) will be properly licensed and vaccinated pursuant to applicable laws and Tenant further agrees to provide proof of licensing and vaccination upon Landlord’s or agent’s request.
4. Tenant is responsible for compliance with all local laws and regulations relating to pets.
5. Tenant agrees to clean up after their pet(s) and properly dispose of all waste.
6. Tenant agrees to keep Premises free from pet odor and stain.
7. Tenant agrees to take action to avoid pest infestations (fleas, etc.) in the Premises.
8. If the Premises is part of a residential complex, pets are not allowed in pool areas, clubhouses, business offices, laundry rooms, business centers, or fitness centers. Pets may not be bathed or groomed in the laundry room sinks, pools, or pool area.
9. Permission to have a pet may be revoked at any time with three days notice for cause, or for a month to month tenancies with thirty days notice without cause. Tenant’s failure to remove the pet(s) after permission has been revoked shall be deemed a breach of the lease or rental agreement.
10. Tenant is responsible for and will be charged for any damage to the Premises caused by their pet(s), whether listed above or “just visiting.” Damages include, but are not limited to, damages to floors, carpets, drapes, screens, landscaping, fencing, including odors due to the presence of pets.
11. Tenant agrees to indemnify and hold Landlord and Landlord’s agents harmless from all liability, claims, demands, damages, and costs for injuries to persons or property in connection with Tenant’s pet(s).
12. Tenant agrees to carry renter’s insurance which includes coverage for pet ownership.
This blog post is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.