For many people, having a pet in their life is important. The truth is that pets become like family to their owners, and thus it only makes sense that they would come along with you, no matter where you live. That said, when it comes time to move to a new apartment home, there are usually a few rules and regulations that you need to be mindful of if you have a pet. Thus, it always helps to read up on what is expected of you as a tenant and a pet owner. Since you have decided on Botsford Place Terrace Apartments as your future home, we can help save some time by giving you a quick overview of Botsford Place Terrace Apartments’ pet policies.
Like most other pet friendly apartment communities, Botsford Place Terrace Apartments does require a pet deposit or one-time non-refundable pet fee. The good news here is that this one-time pet fee is fairly reasonable and is usually reserved for any additional cleaning that may need to be done after you and your pet(s) vacate the premises. That said, the Botsford Place Terrace Apartments pet fee is $250. There is a caveat here; however, if your dog is over 30 lbs., then a $500 non-refundable deposit is required. Unlike other apartment complexes, we understand that no one has a ton of extra money specifically reserved for their pets to be able to live with them, so Botsford Place Terrace Apartments gives you the option to break up this one-time pet fee into $50 monthly payments.
In terms of pet rent, Botsford Place Terrace Apartments is once again looking out for your best interest. It is not uncommon to see pet rent at some places for $30 to $50 per pet, but at Botsford Place Terrace Apartments, you only pay $25 a month per pet. As a result, you have a little extra money in your pocket each month.
Yet another nice thing about Botsford Place Terrace Apartments is that there are no additional fees or surprise costs/expenses for having a pet. As mentioned above, your non-refundable deposit will likely go for any necessary extra cleaning once your lease is up. However, there is a $50 per pet cleaning fee for failure to clean up after your pet on apartment grounds. Thus, you should not have to worry about unexpected pet-related costs at Botsford Place Terrace Apartments.
Similar to other apartment communities, Botsford Place Terrace Apartments does have a limit on the number of pets you can have in your apartment home. At the moment, tenants are allowed a total of two pets per unit or home. Of course, it may be hard to say to your child that they can only have two cats, but it really is in everyone’s best interest if multiple pets don’t overrun your apartment home.
Moreover, Botsford Place Terrace Apartments has fairly standard breed restrictions. We pride ourselves on being as pet friendly as possible, but the reality is that there are just certain pets, or rather breeds, that are seen as naturally aggressive. As a result, in regard to dogs, all breeds are welcomed except the following breeds/mixed breeds of Akita, Chow, Alaskan Malamute, Doberman Pinschers, Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers, Wolf Dog Hybrids, and Saint Bernards. Botsford Place Terrace Apartments does reserve the right to add to this breed restriction list at any time. Cats are also allowed along with kittens and puppies under the age of one. Note, breed restrictions do not apply for seeing eye or service dogs (for more information on service animals, see below).
Botsford Place Terrace Apartments also has a few pet requirements, such as dogs need to have a current MI License, and cats must be spayed and neutered. Your pet must also be on a leash when outside of your unit, as your pet, under no circumstances, is allowed to roam the premises freely. This also means you cannot leave your pet tied up and unattended.
In regards to toileting for dogs, you must clean up after your pet and refrain from taking your pet off the premise for toileting. Note, private homes, parks, and other areas deemed off the premises are off limits for toileting and violating these above-mentioned rules will result in fines and possible termination of tenancy.
The pet approval process at Botsford Place Terrace Apartments is fairly standard. Any pet you wish to have in your unit must be approved by management. This means that your pet must be a non-restricted breed, be up-to-date with his or her shots, be spayed/neutered and have a current license for MI (if applicable). After you receive the go-ahead from management, all that is left for you to do is come up with the necessary funds for the non-refundable deposit and your pet’s monthly fee.
Most new tenants with pets will ask if they are required by the lease to have pet insurance. Though it is not mandatory, any issue that may arise with your furry friend should be covered by your renters insurance. So, in the event your dog bites a guest in your unit, your renters insurance should cover the damages. Note, renters pet insurance is not the same as pet health insurance.
Renters Pet Insurance Cost and Coverage
Usually, “renters pet insurance” will cost you anywhere from $12 to $25 per month. Though, the cost may differ, you can customize your policy so that specific things are covered and others are not.
Depending on what works best for you, a $20 a month policy may cover $30,000 to $50,000 worth of damages. Note, an affordable policy like this will likely include a small deductible, but in order to properly safeguard your personal belongings and have assistance in the event of any pet-caused damage, you should seriously consider a comprehensive renters policy that covers having pets. Finally, you should look into whether or not your renters insurance company offers pet health insurance as well.
Service animals have their own set of rules and regulations according to the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Consequently, seeing-eye dogs, or in general any service animal, are not subject to monthly pet rent, fees, deposits, or restrictions.
Botsford Place Terrace Apartments does offer several pet amenities, or perks, if you will. For instance, there are nearby pet parks, onsite open green spaces, an abundance of nature trails in the vicinity, plus designated toileting areas for your dog.
If you have questions regarding our pet policy or would simply like more information, then do not hesitate to contact a Botsford Place Terrace Apartments management team member for assistance.
Here is a quick overview of Botsford Place Terrace Apartments’ Pet Policies:
- Non-Refundable Pet Deposit/Fee: $250 for pets under 30 lbs., $500 for dogs over 30 lbs.
- Monthly Pet Rent: $25 for one pet, $50 for two pets
- Failure to Clean Up After Toileting Fee/Fine: $50
- Straightforward Approval Process
- Breed Restrictions Apply
- Limit of 2 Pets
- Pet Requirements: Spayed/Neutered, current MI license, and leash requirement
- Pet Insurance: Not required; should still have renters insurance though
- Service Animals: not subject to pet rent, fees, deposits, and restrictions
- Pet Amenities Available
Choosing affordable apartment living should not mean that you cannot have pets. In fact, it should mean just the opposite. Here, at Botsford Place Terrace Apartments, you and your pets are like family. So, pack up Snowball or Lassie and get ready to enjoy your new apartment home.