Pet & Animal Policies

A welcoming environment is paramount to all of our residents. To help ensure ALL of our residents understand our pet and animal-related policies(No Pet and Animal Policy / Pet Policy / Animal Policy) we require EVERYONE to complete a third-party screening and review process. This process ensures we have formalized pet and animal-related policy acknowledgments and more accurate records to create greater mutual accountability. Please find the category below that best describes you to get started.

Dogs and cats are permitted in the home provided they do not become a nuisance to the community or the Community Management Team. Resident(s) are permitted no more than a total of three (3) pets, with a combined weight of 150 lbs. or less.

All pets must be registered with the Management office prior to being brought on property. Failure to notify Management may result in revocation of all pet privileges.

Resident(s) will be charged a onetime Pet Fee of $250 - $500 per pet. This fee is non-refundable and due at move-in or when a pet is added to the home.

A $35 - $50 per animal Pet Rent is charged monthly.

  • No Pets or Animals

    This is a required application process for anyone that does NOT own a pet or animal. There is no cost ($) to you for completing the application process

  • Household Pets

    This is a required application process for anyone that owns a household pet. This includes dogs and cats and might include pets that live in cages such as birds, hamsters, rabbits, snakes or fish tanks (because of the contained water) so please ask your housing provider for clarification regarding these types of pets

  • Assistance Animals

    This process provides a HIPAA compliant and secure way of submitting a reasonable accommodation request for an assistance animal (service animals, emotional support animals, companion animals, etc.) that will be reviewed by a third-party legal review team to ensure the accommodation request meets HUD’s Fair Housing Act guidelines. There is no cost ($0) to you to submit an accommodation request. Please make sure you are aware of your State’s laws, if any, for submitting a fraudulent accommodation request

* NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS & APPLICANTS: Everyone must complete the screening process. This is not only for pet and animal owners but also for residents and applicants that DO NOT own a pet or animal.
Addenda and Documents
  • Sample Pet Addendum with Lease Agreement
Pet & Animal Policy

Dogs and cats are permitted in the home provided they do not become a nuisance to the community or the Community Management Team. Resident(s) are permitted no more than a total of three (3) pets, with a combined weight of 150 lbs. or less.

All pets must be registered with the Management office prior to being brought on property. Failure to notify Management may result in revocation of all pet privileges. 

BREED RESTRICTIONS

The following breeds or mixes of these breeds are prohibited regardless of size or temperament and DNA verification may be requested by Management. Failure to provide DNA verification upon request will result in forfeiture of all pet privileges: 

· Doberman Pinscher 

· Chow 

· Akita 

· German Shepherd 

· Mastiff 

· Cane Corso 

· Presa Canario  

· Rottweiler 

· Pit Bull and Pit Bull Mini 

· American Staffordshire Terrier 

· Staffordshire Bull Terrier 

· Malamute 

· Siberian Husky 

PROHIBITED ANIMALS

Farm, exotic and wild animals are not permitted in any Hearth Home Community. These animals include all animals normally used as work animals and those kept for the production of food, or opossums, raccoons, and any other species of animal not usually considered to be domestic.  

Small animals like Guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, rabbits, small reptiles are allowed but must kept in cages or terrariums and noted on the Animal Addendum. Management reserves the right to limit the number of small animals permitted in each home. 

Breeding animals is prohibited.  

Fish tanks are permitted but limited to size to no more than 30 gallon tanks. Owners of fish tanks are encouraged to maintain additional liability insurance in the event that their tank ruptures. 

SUPPORT OR SERVICE ANIMALS

Should you have a service or support animal, please contact the Management office for additional information. 

Ownership of a support/service animal does not, in any way, exclude the Resident(s) from adhering to the rules and policies as stated in the Animal Addendum and the Resident Guide.  

RESIDENT(S) RESPONSIBILITIES

All pets must be registered with the Community Management Office at the time of signing the Lease Agreement. An Animal Addendum will be executed listing all registered pets and their names, type, breed, weight and age. 

All pets must be kept current with vaccinations, testing, and/or treatments.  

All dogs and cats must wear their current rabies vaccination tag on their collar or harness when leashed outside the home. 

The term "pet owner" will include any person owning, keeping, or harboring an animal. The Resident(s) shall be deemed the pet owner of any pet owned, kept, or harbored within the community by any approved person residing in the Resident(s)’s home.  

Dogs are not permitted to urinate or defecate on HVAC condensing units or in the landscaping beds (on plant material). 

Owners will be held responsible for compliance with current directives and for any damage caused by their pets.  

Resident(s) are responsible for picking up and removing their pets’ solid wastes while walking through the community and around patio areas. Dog Waste Stations are located throughout the community for your convenience. 

Abandonment of pets is specifically prohibited. Animal owners who no longer desire to keep a pet or who are departing a Hearth Home Community will not abandon any animal. Unwanted pets should be placed up for adoption through a local animal shelter. 

The privilege of keeping a pet in homes may be revoked and/or a Letter of Violation issued if the pet is determined to be a nuisance. A nuisance is defined as any action of a pet that endangers life or health, gives offense to the senses, violates laws of decency, or obstructs reasonable or comfortable use of property. For example, an animal may be deemed a nuisance if it:  

· Habitually or repeatedly bark's in such a manner or to such an extent that it disturbs others  

· Interferes or obstructs persons engaging in exercise or physical activity 

· Defecates on the lawn around the community or patio area and without the owner cleaning up after 

· Habitually violates the leash law  

· Unusually aggressive or threatening character 

· Substantiated history of demonstrating aggressive or threatening character 

Pet owners have full responsibility and liability for the conduct of their pets. This includes full restitution for any damages to yards, homes, etc., or hospital bills/veterinary bills incurred as a result of injuries inflicted.  

Owners of pets are encouraged to maintain additional liability insurance in the event that their pet bites another person or animal. 

CONTROL OF PETS

Pets ae not permitted to run loose in any Hearth Home Community. A Warning may be issued or the privilege of having a pet may be revoked if a Resident(s) or guest routinely violates the leash law or any rule regarding maintaining pets in the home. Dogs may not be chained or tethered outdoors at any time. 

ANIMAL BITES

In cases of bites or scratches, please contact your local police/Animal Control. The Community Management must also be notified. The revocation of pet privileges may be enforced or a Notice to Leave the Premises (Eviction) may be issued to pet owners whose pet has bitten other persons or animals. 

Animals that attack people or other animals may be apprehended by the Animal Control if necessary. Vicious animals will be removed from a Hearth Home Community.  

PET VIOLATIONS

Complaints concerning stray or unattended pets should be directed to your local police and/or Animal Control and the Community Management Office.

Other complaints generally concerning upkeep of grounds around pets should be directed to the Community Management Office. 

A $250 fine will be assessed to any resident violating the requirement to pick up solid pet waste immediately. Forfeiture of pet privileges may be revoked after a second offence and the pet(s) must be removed from the community within 24 hours.