Animal Policy

Notes and Explanation

You need to be very careful with the animal policy (or pet policy).  You can’t discriminate against folks who have therapeutic animals (e.g., with a doctor’s note.)  You can’t charge extra security for pets.  (If you’re taking a regular security deposit of one month’s rent, the “pet deposit” on this form will always be $0.)  You can’t generally charge pet fees, either.

Certain dogs are blacklisted by the insurers, meaning your liability coverage will not extend to anyone bitten by a Rottweiler, Pit Bull, German Shepherd, or other breed known to be a biter.

Read our instructions! You cannot charge pet rent or take a pet deposit. These numbers are hard-coded zero in the form below! Besides this, which we realize may be confusing, this form stipulates very definite and legally allowable restrictions, including requiring pets to be spayed or neutered.  These restrictions may or may not align with how you want to run your business.

The second version is formatted to match your other addenda but provides overall more forgiving terms.

Both forms are believed to be good starting points for your own pet policy.

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Sample of Massachusetts tenancy at will rental agreement

MassLandlords is a nonprofit dedicated to helping owners rent their property. We try our best, but we can't guarantee these forms will always work. We provide legal information but never advice particular to your situation. Nothing on this site is meant to create an attorney-client relationship. We advise you consult with an attorney.

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