I love property management and I'm not kidding. Who else gets to deal with this in their regular day? Oh BTW is a duck a "pet"?

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A tenant had a maintenance request about the bathtub handle.  It would come off and spray out when taking a shower.  So I sent my plumber out there this morning to fix it.  He called me and asked whether they had paid a pet fee.  I responded that I didn't know and asked why?  Because he said he was pretty sure he heard a duck in there...and maybe a turkey.  I laughed and of course peppered him because I thought he was just trying to get me worked up.  He convinced me he was not.

So, I got my camera and headed to the property to do some investigative work.  I rang the doorbell and the tenant came to the door.  I told him that I was there to do an inspection and he of course asked why.  I simply told him that my maintenance man told me there were more than just dogs or cats at the property.  I asked him what animals he had at the property.  

He stated, "A cat, two dogs and a bird...oh yeah also a lizard."  

I said what kind of bird and he stated, "One that is in a cage".  I told him that I would need to come into the property to see for myself because those were not authorized animals.

He took me to a bedroom and sure enough there was some sort of caged bird.  I took a picture of it.  I turned around to see the two dogs...and two turtles.  I asked about them and he said, "I'm only watching them for a friend."  

Of course you are...

I then asked to see the lizard.  Upon walking through the living room I saw another caged animal.  I asked what it was and he said a rabbit but they were only watching that for a friend...and for just another day or two.   

SURE you are...

I then saw the lizard in the cage, took another picture and kept asking more questions.  

Here's where it gets good...I see this cabinet that is turned on it's side with tinted glass on it.  At first I was just going to walk by but then I had a hunch.  I said, "What's this cabinet?" 

Silence...you could have heard a pin drop.

I walked over to it, opened the top and what you ask was in it?  That's right my friend a duck.  Yes folks, a duck in a cabinet.  Just for those of you that don't believe me...here's the proof.

Aaron Wyssmann, The Property Doctors | [email protected] | 417‑425‑9401 | http://thepropertydoctors.biz | MO Agent # 2014008642

He turned your property into a mini zoo.

So, what did you do after you found out about the animals or extra "pets"?

That duck is saying... "You didnt see nothing human, shut the door and nobody gets hurt"

So what happend at the end of it?

Tell the tenant to start charging admission for the mini-zoo.

Collect 10% management fees on mini-zoo.

Additional profit stream. Boom.

The tenant of course couldn't understand what the problem was with all the animals.  He said he looked it up online and he thought it would be ok as long as they were in cages...WRONG. 

I let him know that he was in direct violation with the lease and that it could be grounds for eviction.  They smoke like chimneys in the place so it already smells but they have always paid on time.  So the first course of action will be to write them a letter stating that they must immediately remove all animals besides the dogs and cat.  I will do a re-inspection early next week and if they don't comply then we will file for eviction.  My guess is that they will remove them because they were not wanting to be evicted.  

I will also note any damage that I believe could have been caused by these animals and bill them now.  I won't wait until they move out.  

Aaron Wyssmann, The Property Doctors | [email protected] | 417‑425‑9401 | http://thepropertydoctors.biz | MO Agent # 2014008642

@Aaron Wyssmann  

Oh wow!  It's both funny and sad... funny that there's a mini zoo but sad that the duck looks to be living in a poor condition.   Keep us updated on what happens next week.  It's crazy what tenants think they can keep in the house.

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Unbelievable!  Thanks for sharing @Aaron Wyssmann  !  I recently added a nice little addition to the pet policy paragraph of my lease : Any unauthorized pets or animals allowed inside the dwelling for any reason will immediately incur a fee of $500 + additional pet rent of $100/mo per pet until the pets are approved or removed. ______ (initial)

I am a pet-friendly landlord in most of my places, but they tend to do a lot of "looking after friends pets."  Not anymore.  This guy would have been charged thousands!

Where I grew up a duck was more apt to be dinner than a pet.

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please share the outcome! Unbelievable story. 

Hilarious and oh so scary!  This is EXACTLY why I pay for a PM and never have second thoughts about it!  

I had a 3 family in Everett, MA when I was 19 and went in for an inspection and the tenant literally had blown out a human sized hole in the wall between the kitchen and dining room.  I just stood there staring in silence and the dude finally just says, "I figured you wouldn't care, it has better flow".  

Nailed it.....

HAHAHAHAHA!!!  that is hilarious.  although as a fanatic animal lover I am not pleased with their care and consideration.  A duck wasn't born to live in a cabinet. 

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@Troy Fisher    I love the mock up...nice work.

@Sean Troy    That's a great story.  I'm with you when sometimes I've seen what they've done to a property and they think somehow they made it better.  What are they thinking?

@Steve Vaughan    That's a great clause to add to your lease.  We have just started to add something similar because of this very issue.

Aaron Wyssmann, The Property Doctors | [email protected] | 417‑425‑9401 | http://thepropertydoctors.biz | MO Agent # 2014008642

UPDATE

So I went over to the property this morning to do another inspection.  They had thankfully removed all of the various "extra" animals.  I simply let them know that if at any point they bring other animals in or to the home that we would immediately file for an eviction.  The were thankful that we were not going to file for an eviction which was what I figured from my conversation I had with them the other day.

Aaron Wyssmann, The Property Doctors | [email protected] | 417‑425‑9401 | http://thepropertydoctors.biz | MO Agent # 2014008642

@Aaron Wyssmann  

WOW I was expecting the AFLAC duck. I've seen those as pets but this is a Duck Dynasty Duck. Look like he caught him out the wild.

While you take care of that situation I'll educate myself on the species of ducks and back away from the television.

:-)

@Aaron Wyssmann  

 Sounds like you handled it perfectly. 

Very funny story!

Thanks for posting this.  Had a good laugh.

My first tenant asked if I allowed animals because he had a couple dogs. I said that would be alright. He is an older guy and after a few months found out how much he loved animals. He would go down to the animal rescue and take pretty much anything that needed a home. He had probably at least 30 pets in there soon including: dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, rats, lizards and lots of birds including parrots. From that experience I learned to charge $10 per animal per month to keep it somewhat under control. I didn't change this guys lease. The house already smelled by the time I saw all the pets, so I don't want to get it back, but I'm not going to put new carpet or much else into it while he is there.

Originally posted by @Troy Young :

My first tenant asked if I allowed animals because he had a couple dogs. I said that would be alright. He is an older guy and after a few months found out how much he loved animals. He would go down to the animal rescue and take pretty much anything that needed a home. He had probably at least 30 pets in there soon including: dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, rats, lizards and lots of birds including parrots. From that experience I learned to charge $10 per animal per month to keep it somewhat under control. I didn't change this guys lease. The house already smelled by the time I saw all the pets, so I don't want to get it back, but I'm not going to put new carpet or much else into it while he is there.

I charge $10 a week per pet.  He'd have a big bill!