Pets and Rentals: Deposits, Fees and Damages

Lease AgreementsOwning and renting out property can be a tricky business. Most of the time, renters take pretty good care of the spaces they inhabit – and if they don’t, that’s what security deposits are for.

But what if the tenant has a pet that causes significant property damage beyond what’s covered by the security deposit and any other pet fees? As Landlordology notes, the state of Michigan has no statute on pet deposits, so this situation may leave a both parties feeling unsure of their rights.

In cases like this, it might be necessary to bring on external help to navigate the legal process. Michigan law allows landlords to recover some court and attorney fees that may apply, depending on the case. Our real estate lawyers will walk you through your rights as a landlord. We’ll talk through any and all potential avenues of securing compensation for damages accrued by pets during a tenant’s stay.

We can also help you define pet rules, responsibilities and fees or deposits in your lease agreements, allowing you to have clearly defined rights and guidance when it comes to your pet policies. Since there is no state statue, having this information written into leasing contracts is vital to protecting your rights under the law.

As Michigan’s premier landlord-tenant and property management attorneys, we’re equipped to help you deal with any issues relating to your assets – whether you have one small, single-family property or own thousands of apartments. In many cases, landlords or property managers are forced to work with attorneys from several different offices handling evictions, collections and other aspects of rental law separately, but our offices will handle everything in-house with the help of our amazing support staff.

Call us at The Law Offices of Aaron D. Cox today at 734-287-3664 to discuss your options and see what we can do for you.

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