Texas Association of Realtors Pet Agreement 2020

The Texas Association of Realtors recently released an updated pet agreement for landlords and tenants to use in their rental contracts. This agreement serves as a guide for both parties in terms of the expectations and responsibilities surrounding pet ownership in rental properties.

The new 2020 version of the pet agreement includes several important updates and revisions. First and foremost, the agreement emphasizes the importance of pet training and behavior. Landlords can require that tenants provide proof of completion of a pet training course, and tenants must agree to maintain their pets in a well-behaved manner that does not create a nuisance for neighbors or damage the property.

Additionally, the agreement outlines the specific rules and regulations governing pet ownership in rental properties. This includes restrictions on the type, breed, and number of pets allowed on the property, as well as requirements for vaccinations, licensing, and identification tags. Landlords can also require tenants to provide liability insurance and/or pay a pet deposit to cover any potential damages caused by their pets.

The new pet agreement also addresses the issue of emotional support animals. As more and more tenants seek to bring their emotional support animals into rental properties, landlords are increasingly grappling with complex legal and ethical issues. The Texas Association of Realtors` pet agreement provides guidance for landlords and tenants alike, stating that emotional support animals must be certified by a licensed mental health professional and that landlords have the right to request documentation to confirm the need for such an animal.

Overall, the Texas Association of Realtors` pet agreement serves as a valuable resource for both landlords and tenants in navigating the often-tricky terrain of pet ownership in rental properties. By laying out clear expectations and rules, the agreement helps to mitigate potential conflicts and promote a positive, respectful relationship between landlords and tenants – and their furry companions.