ANIMAL POLICY

Those residents who qualify may own and keep common household animals in Management owned and/or operated units. Animals which are certified guide animals or documented assistance animals are exempt form this Policy. Documentation and certification of any guide or assistance animal must be provided to Management prior to bringing a guide or assistance animal on the premises.  The Reasonable Accommodation forms provided by management staff will facilitate this documentation.

A.     APPLICATION FOR ANIMAL PERMIT. Prior to housing any animal on premises, the resident shall apply to the Management for an animal permit which shall be accompanied by the following:

1.        A current license issued by the appropriate authority, if applicable.

2.      Evidence that the animal has been spayed or neutered and that if animal is a cat, it has been de-clawed.

3.      Evidence that the animal has received current rabies and distemper inoculations or boosters, as applicable.

4.     All resident animal owners are required to obtain and maintain a current animal liability insurance policy in which the Management is listed as an additional insured. That policy shall provide each animal owner with $100,000.00 general combined, single limit liability (property damage - bodily injury) coverage. This policy shall contain maximum property damage - bodily injury deductible of $250.00 per occurrence. A copy of that policy shall be provided to the Management at the time application for an animal permit is approved. Annual proof of insurance must be provided to management. This does not apply to documented guide or assistance animals.

5.     Residents must identify an alternate custodian for animals in the event of resident illness or other absence from the dwelling unit. The alternate custodian must also be a resident of this apartment complex. This identification of an alternate custodian must occur prior to the Management issuing an animal registration permit.

B.    All residents with animals permitted to be kept on premises shall comply with the following rules:

1.     Usual and/or commonly-owned domesticated, family-type, household
        animals including, but not limited to dogs, cats, small birds, and small tropical fish, may be permitted. The weight of a dog or cat may not exceed 15 pounds, except guide or assistance animals.

2.        Generally, only one (1) animal per household will be permitted.
Multiples greater than one (1), of animals usually and customarily confined to cages or similar restrictive devices (parakeets, hamsters, etc.), may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.

3.     Dogs and/or cats must be licensed yearly with the appropriate authority and residents must show proof of annual rabies and distemper booster inoculations.

4.         Vicious and/or intimidating animals will not be allowed.

5.     Dogs and cats shall remain inside the resident's unit.  No animal shall be permitted to be loose in hallways, lobby areas, laundry rooms, community rooms, yards or other common areas of the facility.
 
a.   Animals of any permitted type shall not be permitted in community rooms, common areas or office areas, except guide or assistance animals.

6.     When taken outside the apartment, dogs must be kept on a leash and controlled by an adult.

7.           Birds must be confined to a cage at all times.

8.     Residents shall not permit their animal to disturb, interfere or diminish the peaceful enjoyment of other residents. The terms "disturb, interfere and diminish" shall include but not be limited to barking, howling, chirping, biting, scratching and other like activities.

a.     Complaints of disturbances of this nature shall constitute a violation of lease and may result in the revocation of the animal permit, termination of the lease agreement, or both.

9.     Each cat owner shall keep a litter box for the cat in the apartment and shall change it regularly. Cat litter must be wrapped in plastic bags and sealed before being deposited in the trash containers. Under no circumstances may cat litter be dumped on or near the property.  Management reserves the right to inspect the apartment of the animal owner as frequently as once per week to verify that sanitary, safe, and humane conditions are being maintained.

10.   Residents are solely responsible for cleaning up animal droppings, if any, outside the unit and on facility grounds. Droppings must be disposed of by being placed in a sack and then placed in a container outside the building provided by the Management.

a.   Animal exercise and relief areas shall be those areas designated by the Management.

11.   Residents are responsible for properly disposing of dog and cat waste in a container provided by the Management outside the building.

12.  Residents shall take adequate precautions and measures necessary to eliminate animal odors within or around the unit and shall maintain the unit in a sanitary condition at all times.

13.  If animals are left unattended for a period of twenty-four (24) hours or more, the Management may enter the dwelling unit, remove the animal and transfer it to the proper authorities, subject to the provisions of State Law and pertinent local ordinances. The Management accepts no responsibility for the animal under such circumstances.

14.         Residents shall not alter their unit, patio or unit area to create an enclosure for any animal.

15.  Residents will be responsible for all damage caused by their animal, including the cost of cleaning (carpet, drapes, etc.), fumigation of units, and damage to grass or other exterior areas. Tenants will be billed for damage as it occurs. Failure to pay such damages will constitute a breach of the lease. An Animal Security Deposit is required equal to one month's basic rent (but not less than $300), in addition to the regular security deposit.

16.  Residents are prohibited from feeding or harboring stray animals.  The feeding of stray animals shall constitute having a animal without the written permission of the Management.

17.   Should any animal housed in a Management facility give birth to a litter, the resident shall move from the premises all of said animals except one.

18.   Resident animal owners are responsible for the safety and health of their animal during those scheduled occasions when the dwelling units in the facility are being treated for disinfection or other maintenance.  The Management shall not be liable for the ill health or death of an animal because of the periodic de-infestation treatment or maintenance.

19.   In the event of the death of an animal, the resident shall properly remove and dispose of the remains. The remains shall not be placed in any container inside a Management's facility or in a container on Management grounds.

C.    The privilege of maintaining an animal in a facility owned and/or operated by the Management shall be subject to the rules set forth in Paragraph B, above. This privilege may be duly revoked by Management if the animal should become destructive, create a nuisance, represent a threat to the safety and security of other residents, or create a problem in the area of cleanliness and sanitation.

A Federal Law applicable to this apartment project states that animals may be required to be removed from the project if the animals conduct or condition is duly determined to constitute a nuisance or a threat to the health or safety of the other occupants of the project, or of other persons in the community where the project is located. Animal owners are therefore advised that if another tenant within the apartment project provides medical documentation of an allergy to animals or any other condition such that a animal represents a immediate, significant threat to such other tenants health, the Management will not allow the animal to be brought into that building or immediately require the removal of such animal or animals. In cases where the threat to health is less severe or immediate, or where another tenant alleges that a animal constitutes a nuisance or threat to safety, such allegation will be processed under tenant grievance procedures of the Farmers Home Administration, Such procedures may result in an order requiring the removal of the animal.

D.     Should a breach of the rules set forth in Paragraph B, above, occur, the Management may also exercise any remedy granted it in accord with applicable State Statute.