Housing Authority of Paducah

Housing Authority of Paducah - Anderson

Pet Policy

Dwelling Lease Addendum 

PET POLICY 

Exclusions 

1. This policy does not apply to animals that are used to assist persons with disabilities. Assistive animals are allowed in all PHA facilities with no restrictions other than those imposed on all residents to maintain their units and associated facilities in a decent, safe and sanitary manner and to refrain from disturbing their neighbors. 

2. This policy in all respects will pertain to elderly and disabled families with the exception of the annual fees, which will be waived. 

Section I. 

1. Pet ownership: A resident may own one or more domesticated household pets or have one or more domesticated household pets present in the dwelling unit of such resident, subject to the following conditions: 

A. Each Head of Household may own up to two (2) pets. If one of the pets is a dog or cat, (or other four legged animal), the second pet must be contained in a cage or an aquarium for fish. Each bird or other animals, other than fish, shall be counted as one pet. 

B. If the pet is a dog or cat, it must be neutered/spayed by the age of six (6) months, and cats must have their front claws removed by the age of three (3) months. The evidence can be provided by a statement/bill from a veterinarian and/or staff of the Humane Society. The evidence must be provided prior to the execution of this agreement and/or within 10 days of the pet becoming of the age to be neutered/spayed or de-clawed. Resident must provide waterproof and leak-proof litter boxes for cat waste, which must be kept inside the dwelling unit at all times. Cardboard boxes are not acceptable and will not be approved. The resident shall not permit refuse from litter boxes to accumulate nor to become unsightly or unsanitary. All soiled litter must be put in a plastic bag and disposed of in trash receptacle. Also, the weight of a cat cannot exceed 15 pounds (fully grown) and a dog may not exceed 40 pounds in weight (fully grown). All other four-legged animals are limited to 10 pounds (fully grown). 

C. If the pet is a bird, it shall be housed in a birdcage. 

D. If the pet is a fish, the aquarium must be placed in a safe location in the unit. The resident is limited to one container for the fish; however, there is no limit on the number of fish that can be maintained in the container as long as the container is maintained in a safe and non-hazardous manner. 

E. If the pet is a cat or dog, it must have received rabies and distemper inoculations or boosters, as applicable. Evidence of inoculations can be provided by a statement/bill from veterinarian or staff of the humane society and must be provided before the execution of this agreement. 

F. All pets must be housed within the unit and no facilities can be constructed outside of the unit for any pet. No animal shall be permitted to be loose and if the pet is taken outside it must be taken outside on a leash and kept off other residents’ lawns. Also, all pets must wear collars with identification at all times. Pets without a collar will be picked-up immediately and transported to the Humane Society or other appropriate facility. 

G. All authorized pet(s) must be under the control of an ADULT. An unleashed pet, or one tied to a fixed object, is not considered to be under the control of an adult. Pets, which are unleashed, or leashed and unattended, on PHA property, may be impounded and taken to the local Humane Society. It shall be the responsibility of the resident to reclaim the pet at the expense of the resident. Also, if a member of the PHA staff has to take a pet to the Humane Society the Resident will be charged $50 to cover the expense of taking the pet(s) to the Humane Society. 

H. Pet(s) with the exception of dogs may not be left unattended for more than twenty-four consecutive hours. Dogs may only be left unattended for twelve consecutive hours. If it is reported to PHA's staff that a pet(s) has been left unattended for more than the above specified hours, PHA's staff may enter the unit and remove the pet and transfer the pet to the Humane Society. Any expense to remove and reclaim the pet from any facility will be the responsibility of the resident. In the case of an emergency, the PHA will work with the resident to allow more than 24 hours for the resident to make accommodations for the pet. 

I. Pet(s), as applicable, must be weighed by a veterinarian or staff of the humane society. A statement containing the weight of the pet must be provided to the PHA prior to the execution of this agreement and upon request by the PHA. 

ANY PET THAT IS NOT FULLY GROWN WILL BE WEIGHED EVERY SIX MONTHS. ALSO, ANY PET THAT EXCEEDS THE WEIGHT LIMIT AT ANY TIME DURING OCCUPANCY WILL NOT BE AN ELIGIBLE PET AND MUST BE REMOVED FROM PHA PROPERTY. 

2. Responsible Pet Ownership: Each pet must be maintained responsibly and in accordance with this pet ownership lease addendum and in accordance with all applicable ordinances, state and local public health, animal control, and animal anti-cruelty laws and regulations governing pet ownership. Any waste generated by a pet must be properly and promptly disposed of by the resident to avoid any unpleasant and unsanitary odor from being in the unit.  

3. Prohibited Animals: All reptiles, with the exception of turtles and iguanas, and animals or breeds of animals that are considered by the PHA to be vicious and/or intimidating will not be allowed. Some examples of animals that have a reputation of a vicious nature are: reptiles, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Pit Bulldog, Chows, German Shepherds and/or any animal that displays vicious behavior. This determination will be made by a PHA representative prior to the execution of this lease addendum. 

4. Pet(s) shall not disturb, interfere or diminish the peaceful enjoyment of other residents. The terms, "disturb, interfere or diminish" shall include but not be limited to barking, howling, chirping, biting, scratching and other like activities. This includes any pets that make noise continuously and therefore disturb any person at any time of the day or night. The PHA may terminate this authorization for a pet if the pet(s) disturbs other residents under this section of the lease addendum. The resident will be given ten (10) days to make other arrangements for the care of the pet or the dwelling lease will be terminated. The Resident may request a hearing, which will be handled according to the PHA’s established grievance procedure 

5. If the animal should become destructive, represent a threat to the safety and security of other persons, or create a problem in the area of cleanliness and sanitation, the PHA will notify the resident, in writing, that the animal must be removed from the PHA property within five (5) days of the date of the notice from the PHA. The pet may remain with the resident during the hearing process unless the PHA has determined that the pet may be a danger or threat to the safety and security of other persons. If this determination has been made by the PHA, the pet must be immediately removed from the unit upon receipt of the notice from the PHA. 

6. The resident is solely responsible for cleaning up the waste of the pet within the dwelling and on the premises of the PHA property. If the pet is taken outside it must be on a leash at all times. If there is any visible waste by the pet it must be disposed of in a plastic bag, securely tied and placed in an appropriate garbage receptacle. If the PHA staff is required to clean any waste left by a pet, the resident will be charged $25 for the removal of the waste. 

7. The resident shall have pets restrained so that maintenance can be performed in the apartment. The resident shall, whenever an inspection or maintenance is scheduled, either be at home or shall have all animals restrained or caged. If a maintenance person enters an apartment where an animal is not restrained, maintenance shall not be performed, and the resident shall be charged a fee of $25.00. If this same situation occurs again, the pet shall be removed from the premises. The housing authority shall not be responsible if any animal escapes from the residence due to maintenance, inspections or other activities of the PHA. 

8. The resident shall be responsible for supplying to the PHA a picture for all animals covered before this agreement is executed.4 

9. The Authority will issue numbered pet tags for dogs and cats, which must be attached to the pet’s collar. Any dog or cat found on PHA property without a tag will be removed and taken to the Humane Society. In addition all dogs must be licensed through the City of Paducah before this agreement can be executed. 

Section II. SCHEDULE OF ANNUAL FEES AND INITIAL DEPOSIT 

FEE AND DEPOSIT SCHEDULE 

(An Annual Fee and Deposit is required for each pet)

Type of pet Fee Deposit
Dog $100 $100
Cat $75 $100
Caged Pets $20 $50

Note: The above schedule is applicable for each pet; therefore, if a resident has more than one pet he or she must pay the applicable annual fee and deposit for each pet. 

The entire annual fee and deposit must be paid prior to the execution of the lease addendum. No pet shall be allowed in the unit prior to the completion of the terms of this pet policy. 

The annual fee shall be paid at the time of reexamination each year shall be prorated if an animal is obtained before the scheduled reexamination and all proof of inoculations and other requirements shall be made available to the PHA at such time or when requested. The Annual Fee is not reimbursable in the event that the pet for some reason is removed from the premises during the year. However, if the pet dies, it may be replaced without having to pay another annual fee. The deposit made shall be utilized to offset damages caused by the pet and/or resident. The balance, if any, from the deposit will be refunded to the resident. THERE SHALL BE NO REFUND OF THE ANNUAL FEE. 

It shall be a serious violation of the lease for any resident to have a pet without proper approval and without having complied with the terms of this policy. Such violation shall be considered to be a violation of the lease (a serious violation) and the PHA may issue a termination notice. The resident will be entitled to a grievance hearing in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Grievance Procedure, as applicable. The resident will be given a chance to correct the problem before eviction.

RESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT

After reading and/or having read to me this lease addendum I agree to the following:

I agree to abide by the requirements outlined in this lease addendum for pet ownership and to keep the pet(s) in accordance with this lease addendum. 

I agree and understand that I am liable for any damage or injury whatsoever caused by my pet(s) and shall pay the PHA or applicable party for any damages or injury caused by the pet(s). I also realize that I should obtain liability insurance for pet ownership and that paying for the insurance is my responsibility.

I agree to accept full responsibility and will indemnify and hold harmless the PHA for any claims by or injuries to third parties or their property caused by my pet(s).

I agree to pay a non-refundable annual fee of $__________ to cover some of the additional operating cost incurred by the PHA. I also understand that this fee is due and payable prior to the execution of this lease addendum and each twelve months thereafter.

I agree to pay a refundable pet deposit of $__________ to the PHA. The Annual Fee and Initial Deposit must be paid prior to the execution of this lease addendum. The pet deposit may be used by the PHA at the termination of the lease toward payment of any rent or toward payment of any other costs made necessary because of resident’s occupancy of the premises. Otherwise, the pet deposit, or any balance remaining after final inspection, will be returned to the Resident after the premises are vacated and all keys have been returned. 

I AGREE AND UNDERSTAND THAT ALL INFORMATION CONCERNING MY PET(S) MUST BE UPDATED ANNUALLY AND PROVIDED TO THE PHA AT THE ANNUAL REEXAMINATION. ANNUAL FEES SHALL BE PAYABLE IN FULL TWELVE MONTHS FROM THE APPROVAL DATE.

I AGREE AND UNDERSTAND THAT VIOLATING THIS LEASE ADDENDUM WILL RESULT IN THE REMOVAL OF THE PET(S) FROM THE PROPERTY OF THE PHA AND/OR EVICTION. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT I WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO OWN ANY TYPE OF PET IN THE FUTURE WHILE BEING AN OCCUPANT OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF PADUCAH.

I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT I MUST OBTAIN PRIOR APPROVAL FROM THE PHA BEFORE MAKING A CHANGE OF A PET FOR WHICH THIS POLICY WAS APPROVED OR ADDING A SECOND PET. ALSO, A PICTURE MAY BE TAKEN BY THE PHA STAFF OF THE PET(S) FOR DOCUMENTATION.