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Old 03-06-2012, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I wasn't sure where to post this... god I am shaking as I type it.

I was renewing my lease for my apartment and they've updated the pet policy a bit, so I called the leasing office to clarify a few things about what fees I need to pay etc. (it looked like I'd have to pay a $100 depost each for my hedgehogs, so I wanted to see if that was right.) The lady called me ack and told me that the company no longer allows tennants to have hedgehogs as pets because they consider them "wild" animals like squirrels and raccoons...

I explained on the phone that these are NOT wild animals. They are not native animals. They are domesticated exoitc pets - like a snake, or a chinchilla (both of which are accepted per the lease.) I also talked to her about how unfair it is to try to impose these new restrictions on me when I was told when I moved in a year ago that they were fine. I have been open and honest about my pets the entire time I have lived in this building, and I have been trying to do the right thing.

A while ago my apartment building stopped allowing dogs. So anyone new moving in could not bring a dog, but if you already live here and have one you are allowed to keep it as you got the dog before that restriction was in place. So this is my biggest defense - if they can keep their dog, why am I being told I have to get rid of my pets?? They live in cages, they cause no damage, they don't make noise, they can't hurt anyone...

I'm really scared right now that I won't win this battle. Has anyone gone through something similar? Has anyone been succcesful?
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They had better grandfather you in like the dog owners or get a lawyer! No way you can lose, IMO!
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Legally, I don't think they can make you get rid of them since they allowed them to begin with. I think the grandfather clause has to apply in all things like this.

Wild animals, how ridiculous.
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The wild animals thing drives me crazy. They are trying to say they fit in the same category ad squirrles and raccoons. You can buy hedgehogs at pet stores (not that I tink you should) right next to hamsters and guinea pigs!
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Fight it for sure. I'm not sure how it is there but in Canada no one can legally even say 'No Pets'. Even apt buildings aren't allowed to tell you you cant have a dog. I'd find a lawyer or a friend in lawschool or something and get some advice. No way would I let them win.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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landlors are allowed to lay down restrictions on what you can and can't have in their properties - it's private property after all. But those things have to be disclosed when you move in and if their is a change in policy generally you go by what was in place at the time you first signed your lease.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree with what everyone else is saying. You should be grandfathered in per your original lease that you signed. I would fight it the entire way- worst case scenario? Lawyer up. No landlord can make you give up your adorable little ones!
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I do not in any way shape or form have the funds to afford any kind of legal representation at all. So if it comes to the point where I either get rid of the hedgehogs or take them to court, I'm afraid it will have to be the hedgehogs D:

I hope it doesn't get that far...
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Psh I would be leaving and moving in with a friend or something before getting rid of my hedgie. But I don't think they can possibly have an argument if they let the other people keep their dogs.
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Maybe you could just say you're going to get a lawyer and they will let you keep them because they don't want to have to deal with all the legal stuff.
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