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Enforcing Pet Policies: A Gentle Guide to Addressing Unauthorized Pets in Your Property

At RPM Pittsburgh, we understand the importance of creating a harmonious living environment for all our residents. Adhering to established pet policies is a crucial aspect of property management to create a peaceful atmosphere and, more importantly, keep the property free from damage. Unauthorized pets can pose challenges to this balance, but addressing the issue professionally and empathetically is key.

1. Educate Tenants on Pet Policies:

Communication is the foundation of a successful property management experience. Make sure all tenants are well informed about their pet policies. Provide copies of the pet policies during the onboarding process and periodically remind them of the guidelines regarding pets. Have your lease/pet policies readily available to your tenants.

2. Open Dialogue:

Encourage an open dialogue with tenants. If you suspect an unauthorized pet, approach the tenant respectfully and ask for clarification. Sometimes, tenants may not be aware of the policies or may have misunderstood them. Clarifying expectations can often resolve the issue amicably.

3. Share the Benefits of Compliance:

Explain the rationale behind the pet policies, emphasizing the benefits of compliance for the property. Highlight how adherence contributes to a clean and safe environment, especially in multi-unit properties, ultimately enhancing everyone’s quality of life. This is also a good time to review the policies found in the lease.

4. Offer Alternatives:

If a tenant is attached to their pet but cannot comply with the pet policy, consider offering alternatives such as registering the pet, paying pet fees, or finding pet-friendly housing within the community if available.

5. Utilize Lease Violation Notices:

If all attempts at communication and education fail, and the tenant continues to violate the pet policy, issue a lease violation notice. Clearly outline the breach and the necessary steps for compliance. Be sure to provide a reasonable timeframe for the tenant to rectify the situation.

6. Follow Through with Legal Action if Necessary:

In cases of persistent non-compliance, follow through with the legal steps outlined in the lease agreement. Consult your legal counsel to ensure all procedures are in compliance with local laws and regulations.

7. Emphasize Fairness and Consistency:

Demonstrate fairness and consistency in enforcing pet policies across all residents. Every tenant should be treated equally, reinforcing a sense of community and respect for the rules.


At RPM Pittsburgh, we believe in fostering a sense of community and maintaining an atmosphere where residents can enjoy a peaceful and comfortable living experience.

By educating tenants, encouraging dialogue, and applying consistent enforcement strategies, we aim to achieve a harmonious living environment that benefits all residents and upholds the integrity of our community.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.

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