apartment, landlord, real estate

Charging for Pets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Man’s best friend is taking a bite out of renters’ wallets.

Pet security deposits register in the hundreds of dollars and are getting steeper. Now, a monthly rental payment ranging from $10 to $50 is quickly becoming the norm, adding to the cost. Apartment managers nationwide say they require some safety net against pet damage, while others won’t allow animals at all.

The rents and deposits pay for dog-poop picker-uppers, cleaning services and more, but some managers say they charge because they can. Many residents decry the move, arguing they are being bilked to keep their cats and canines.

“One out of 50 people will say, ‘I can’t believe you charge pet rent,’ but most accept it,” said Stacy Leighty, who manages over 400 properties in Salem, Oregon, and added the monthly fee after her financial adviser said it would boost revenue and is becoming more widespread.

With millions of people living in apartments, loads of pet owners are facing extra costs. That’s something Fred Lopez, of the small Los Angeles suburb of Hawaiian Gardens, isn’t happy about.

“They are exploiting the fact that more and more people have pets,” he said. “First they ask for a deposit, then rent. How much more are they going to try and squeeze out of us?”

Lopez, his girlfriend and their Pomeranian recently moved from an apartment where the manager charged $50 a month in pet rent. Lopez, 38, called the cost “ludicrous and another way to gouge people for money.”

Two years ago, pet rents were few and far between, said Tammy Kotula, a spokeswoman for Apartments.com, the Chicago-based online listing subscription service that tracks owners and renters.

This year, 78 percent of renters who worked with the company and voluntarily filled out questionnaires said they paid a pet deposit, Kotula said. Of those, 29 percent also paid monthly pet rent. That’s up from 63 percent who paid pet deposits last year — 20 percent of whom also reported paying rent for their animal.

Read more: http://m.cnsnews.com/news/article/spot-will-cost-you-pet-rents-become-apartment-fad

As a note: Crossroads has been charging a $250 pet deposit that is returnable if there are no damage.  At this time, we are also moving toward charging a $10 a month rental upcharge.  We believe pets need to be negotiable (see our other blogs on the subject) but there needs to be protection in place for the owner.  We limit the size and breeds.

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apartment, landlord, property management, real estate

New York’s Worst Landlord

Notorious Bronx landlord’s daughter earns top spot on bad landlords list

Robin Shimoff, 49, owns the worst building in the city — an apartment complex at 940 Grand Concourse — said Public Advocate Letitia James, who released the list Wednesday.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 9:00
940 Grand ConcourseMICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSRobin Shimoff, 49, owns the worst building in the city — an apartment complex at 940 Grand Concourse — said Public Advocate Letitia James, who released the list Wednesday.

She’s a lead-paint chip off the old block.

The daughter of a notorious Bronx landlord — dubbed “Jake the Snake” for his tussles with tenants — has a whopping 3,352 violations on her 13 properties, a dubious distinction that earned her the top spot on the bad landlords list.

Robin Shimoff, 49, owns the worst building in the city — an apartment complex at 940 Grand Concourse — said Public Advocate Letitia James, who released the list Wednesday.

That building has a staggering 660 open violations, stretching back to 1980.

On a visit there Wednesday, a Daily News reporter saw a 7-foot pile of garbage in the alleyway, buckets in the halls to catch ceiling leaks and an illegal garbage room so rat-filled that tenants are terrified to open its door.

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiMICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSOn a visit there Wednesday, a Daily News reporter saw a 7-foot pile of garbage in the alleyway, buckets in the halls to catch ceiling leaks and an illegal garbage room so rat-filled that tenants are terrified to open its door.

“Everybody knows this is rat central,” said Jose Ellebry, 51, a food warehouse worker. “You have to shake your keys and stomp your feet before you walk into the courtyard.”

“The rats climb up the walls and through my windows,” said Diane Jones, 60, who lives next to the squalid garbage room.

“You can hear them in the night in the walls and they’re everywhere. They chew right through the caulk and the wood and are everywhere.”

Shimoff is the daughter of Jacob Selechnik, 71, a Bronx landlord who owned dozens of decrepit buildings in the borough dating back to the 1970s.

He refused to comment on whether his daughter had taken over his properties but said he had retired from his landlord role. “I thought I was pretty good,” he said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/notorious-bronx-landlord-daughter-tops-bad-landlord-list-article-1.1968090

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