I always wanted to adopt my friend’s cat; I absolutely love and adore her to death and want to keep her, but for so long the reason why I couldn’t have her was because we were living in an apartment in a city, and it was just too small of a space for my family to take in a cat.
Now, however, we are moving to a house with more space in Santa Cruz, CA. I was excited to adopt this cat and bring her with me, however the owner specifically outlined a strict “no pets (cats/dogs)“ policy without having prior consent from the owner. This was in the leasing contract which has already been signed.
I reached out to the owner who is really sweet and said that a previous tenant owned a cat that peed on wooden floors from the 1800s and to get rid of the cat urine odor that stayed, she had to replace a the flooring which costed her $10k out of pocket to repair in damages.
Even though our cat is potty trained, she is still a huge liability for the owner and said that she’ll think about possibly granting an exception, but it would cost us a very high security deposit in return.
Any pet owners? Haveany advice? Is this really a legitimate issue/threat in housing or leasing? Pls help. ;/