Mayor Ed Murray, City of Seattle: Please ban landlords from charging their tenants a monthly "pet rent."

Mayor Ed Murray, City of Seattle: Please ban landlords from charging their tenants a monthly "pet rent."

    1. Krista Kouns
    2. Petition by

      Krista Kouns

      Seattle, WA

30% of Seattle's residents own a pet and pay numerous fees for the chance to keep them, including pet licensing and taxes to maintain off-leash parks.  With thousands of animals still waiting to be adopted at your local shelters, landlords should not be allowed to exploit the opportunity to extract more money from people who are willing to adopt.  Requiring a deposit and sometimes an upfront fee is understandable, but demanding a monthly "pet rent," is just plain offensive. 

It is so difficult to find a place to live with a pet in tow, that this adds to people's hesitation to adopt homeless animals.  This undoubtedly costs the city more money to house and inevitably euthanize strays.  

Please ban landlords' ability to charge their tenants a monthly "pet rent."

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lindsay Levey SACRAMENTO, CA
      • 2 months ago

      Animals deserve compassion and a home too.

    • Michele Edwards KIRKLAND, WA
      • 5 months ago

      Per Property Mgr, reason for pet rent is to help pay for damages. If pet damages property, pet rent doesn't get credited towards damage, only deposit does. If there's no damage, you don't receive any pet rent back. I ask this... How is this fair or legal. They don't charge additional rent for a baby, or additional person living there. Again, how is this a fair practice???

    • brooke mcguire SEATTLE, WA
      • 7 months ago

      I pay $70 a month to have my two small dogs live in my apartment. Combined, they weigh 10lb.

    • Jeff Judas SEATTLE, WA
      • 7 months ago

      Price gouging!

    • Brian Ellis SEATTLE, WA
      • 7 months ago

      Pet deposits (usually $200) are more than sufficient along with the standard cleaning deposit. Demanding a monthly pet rent on top of all that is sheer greedy exploitation. No one I have ever asked can come up with a convincing explanation for this kind of monthly charge.


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