Posted by James on September 06, 2000 at 12:04:21:
In Reply to: pets posted by aurora on September 05, 2000 at 15:28:02:
It's a difficult situation that you are in. Just notifying the broker doesn't constitute disclosure, but since you have noted on your application that you have two cats, the landlord is deemed to have direct or constuctive knowledge of your pets as they themselves or their agents will have read this document. They would have 90 days from the time you moved in to institute a holdover process to evict you. Presumably, if they accept you application with notice of your pets, they probably aren't going to go through the trouble of getting rib of you so soon after you move in. Be sure not to give them any reason during this time, after you pass the 90 day period, you are safe from any action the landlord may take against you for these two pets. Be aware that the 90 day period beings anew if you get another animal or replace one of your cats. You should try to get a copy of your application, or hold on to it if you have one, as it will be proof of thier knowing you had 2 cats. Depending on how much money you have, you do have leverage in negotiating terms of your lease. I'm sure that if you offered the landlord 1 month rent as like a pet fee and perhaps a pet depostit he would be willing to excise the no pets clause of your lease. The would be benefitial to you as you could keep your cats without any worry and have other pets if you wished. Generally speaking landlords are money motivated, it's a business, appeal to this side of thier character and you may be surprized how flexible they can be. If money is tight then just wait out the 90 days when you move in and try to make friends with the super. Most of the time landlords aren't around there buildings at all and rely on the super or their managing agent to inform them of what's happening. If the super is on your side you have a lot of leeway.
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