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Smoking & Pets
How can tenants keep their smoking or pets from becoming a problem?
If you must smoke, then the next best thing is to adopt a habit of only smoking outside. It is next to impossible to get stale smoke odors out of carpeting. The staining of walls, floors, and ceilings is so gradual that the transformtion isn't noticed until there is a move-out. Usually a minimum of one coat of sealer followed by a high quality paint is needed to mask both the discoloration and the odor.
Pets in genreal:
Pets can pose a similar problem. Urination on carpeting can be gradual and possibly go somewhat unnoticed. Unlike smoke, urine soaks through to and into padding where it becomes trapped. Usually, a regular carpet cleaning will not solve the problem. In addition, large dogs and cats can tear up carpet, walls, and doors.
As a general rule of thumb, the smaller the breed of dog, the better your chances are of getting your application approved. It's tough for a Chihuahua to do much damage.
When pets are allowed we usually charge an additional MINIMUM deposit amount of $300.00 per head for pets.