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Public Housing/Section 8 Pet Policy

Section 227 of the Housing and Urban Rural Recovery Act of 1983, as it pertains to assisted housing, provides that an owner or manager of federally assisted housing built for elderly families may not prohibit or prevent a resident from owning or having a common household pet living in the resident’s dwelling unit. Therefore, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of St. Cloud will permit residents to own and keep common household pets in their apartments if the following policies are followed. (NOTE: This pet policy is not applicable to pets who assist the disabled i.e. seeing eye dogs.)

1.) Definitions

    Common Household Pet means a domesticated animal, such as a dog, cat, bird, rodent (defined as gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits), fish or turtle, that is traditionally kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes. Common household pet does not include reptiles (except turtles). If this definition conflicts with any applicable state or local laws or regulation defining the pets that may be owned or kept in dwelling accommodations, the State or local law or regulation will apply. This definition will not include animals used to assist the disabled.
    Project for the elderly or disabled means any project assisted under the United States Housing Act of 1937 (other than Section 8 or 17 of the Act), built for occupancy by elderly families (defined as age 62+, handicapped/disabled).

2.) Innoculations: Pet owners must have their pets innoculated in accordance with State and Local laws.

3.) Sanitary Standards

    Pets must be housebroken
    Pets must be exercised off HRA Property or in designated pet exercise areas, and Resident is responsible for promptly cleaning up pet droppings and to properly dispose of said droppings in a sealed plastic bag and placed in a garbage dumpster.
    In case of cats or other animals using litter boxes (box to be kept inside of Resident unit), pet owners are not allowed to let waste accumulate, and are required to change litter twice each week. Used litter and pet waste must be disposed of by placing it in a sealed plastic bag and properly disposing in the garbage dumpster.
    Pet owner must remove and dispose of all waste caused by animal in building interior. This includes washing and disinfecting areas of building following the "accident."
    Resident shall take adequate precautions to eliminate any pet odors within or around unit and maintain unit in a sanitary condition at all times. In addition to other inspections permitted under the lease, the HRA may, after one day notice to Resident and during reasonable hours, enter and inspect the premises. Entry and inspection of this type may be done only if HRA has received a signed complaint alleging (or HRA has reasonable grounds to believe) that the conduct or condition of a pet in the dwelling unit constitutes a nuisance or threat to the health or safety of the occupants of the project or other persons.

4.) Pet Restraints: dogs and cats will remain inside the Resident’s unit unless they are on a leash and directly controlled by an adult. Pets are not permitted in public areas of the building except while directly entering or exiting the building. Birds and rodents must be caged at all times. Pet owner acknowledges that other residents may have allergies related to pets or are easily frightened by animals. Pet owner, therefore, agrees to exercise common sense and courtesy with respect to other residents’ right to peaceful and quiet enjoyment of premises.

5.) Registration: All pets must be registered with the HRA. This registration must be done before the pet is brought onto the project premises and must be updated annually (at regular recertification time). Registration must include: a.) certificate signed by licensed veterinarian or a State or local authority empowered to inoculate animals stating that pet has received all inoculations required by applicable state and local laws; b.) information sufficient to identify the pet and demonstrate that it is a common household pet (pet should wear an identification collar); c.) the name, address, and phone number of at least 2 responsible parties (living in the St. Cloud area) who will care for pet if pet owner dies, is incapacitated or is otherwise unable to care for pet. (Need a written statement from each of the responsible parties that they are willing to be responsible.); d.) pet owner must sign a statement indicating he/she has read pet policy and agrees to comply with the policies. HRA may refuse to register a pet if pet is not a common household pet, if the keeping of the pet would violate any applicable house rule, if pet owner fails to provide complete registration information or fails to annually update pet registration, or if HRA determines, based on pet owner’s habits and practices, that the pet owner will be unable to keep pet in compliance with pet policies and other lease obligations. The pet’s temperament will be considered as a factor in determining the prospective pet owner’s ability to comply with pet rules and other lease obligation. HRA will not refuse to register pet based on determination that pet owner is financially unable to care for pet or that pet is inappropriate based on therapeutic value to the pet owner or the interests of property of existing Residents. HRA will notify pet owner if it refuses to register the pet. Such notice will state the basis for HRA’s action and will be served on the pet owner by a.) sending a letter by first class mail, properly stamped and addressed to Resident at dwelling unit with a proper return address; or b.) serving a copy of notice to any adult answering door at Resident’s dwelling unit, or if no adult responds by placing notice under or through door, if possible, or else attach notice to door. The notice of refusal to register a pet may be combined with notice of pet violation.

6.) Density of Residents and pets: A maximum number of one (1) four legged and/or warm blooded, common household pet allowed per dwelling unit in the building.

7.) Pet size and Pet type:

    Bird: including canary, parakeet, finch, or other species that are normally kept in cages.
    Fish: in tanks or aquariums not to exceed 20 gallons in capacity. Poisonous or dangerous fish are not permitted.
    Dog: not to exceed 20 pounds in weight at maturity.
    Cat: species commonly used for household pets (felis catus). Cats must be declawed.

8.) Potential Financial Obligation of Resident: Residents who own or keep a cat or dog in their units must pay a refundable pet deposit. The deposit is in addition to a security deposit collected on the dwelling unit. The HRA may use pet deposit only to pay reasonable expenses directly attributed to the presence of the pet in the project including, but not limited to, the costs of repairs and replacements to and fumigation, of the Resident’s dwelling unit and the cost of animal care facilities (see "protection of the pet"). The HRA will refund the unused portion of pet deposit to Resident within a reasonable time after Resident moves from project or no longer has pet in dwelling unit. Pet deposit will be $100.00 for a cat or a dog.

9.) Protection of the Pet: If the health or safety of a pet is threatened by the death or incapacity of the pet owner, or by other factors that render the pet owner unable to care for the pet, the HRA may contact the responsible parties listed in the pet registration. If the responsible party or parties are unwilling or unable to care for the pet, or the HRA despite reasonable effort, has been unable to contact the responsible party/parties, the HRA may contact the appropriate State or local authority and request the removal of the pet. If no State or local authority is authorized to remove a pet under these circumstances, the HRA may enter the pet owner’s unit, remove the pet and place the pet in a facility that will provide care and shelter until the pet owner or representative of the pet owner is able to assume responsibility for the pet, but no longer than 30 days. The cost of the animal care facility provided under this section will be born by the pet owner. If the pet owner (or pet owner’s estate) is unable or unwilling to pay, the cost of the animal care facility may be paid from the pet deposit.

10.) Standards of Care:

    Pet owner is required to have dog or cat spayed or neutered (written proof of such is required).
    Pets are not allowed in lobby of building (except to allow entrance or exit of building), hallways, community spaces, laundry room or other common areas in the building. Only one animal will be allowed on the elevator at a time.
    Pets may not be left unattended in a dwelling unit for 12 hours or more. If this is found to be true, HRA may enter and have pet removed and transferred to appropriate shelter. The HRA accepts no responsibility for the pet.
    Resident will not permit any disturbance by their pet which would interfere with the quiet enjoyment of other Residents whether by barking, howling, biting, scratching, or other activities.
    Pets must be kept clean and free of fleas.
    Cats must be de-clawed.
    Resident may not alter unit to create an enclosure for the animal.

11.) Pet Licensing: Dogs are to be licensed yearly with the City of St. Cloud or in accordance with applicable state and local laws and regulations.

12.) Pets Temporarily on the Premises: Residents and/or guests and visitors to the building may not bring pets onto the property or into the building. Pets may not be kept temporarily at the building unless all of the rules outlined in the Pet Policy are followed.

13.) Pet Rule Violation: If HRA determines on basis of objective facts, supported by written statements that pet owner has violated a rule governing the owning and keeping a pet, HRA may serve written notice of pet rule violation on pet owner as follows: a.) sending a letter by first class mail, properly stamped and addressed to Resident at dwelling unit with a proper return address; or b.) serving a copy of notice to any adult answering door at Resident’s dwelling unit, or if no adult responds by placing notice under or through door, if possible, or else attach notice to door.

The notice of pet rule violation will a.) contain a brief statement of the factual basis for the determination and pet rule(s) alleged to be violated; b.) state that the owner has 10 days from effective date of service of notice to correct violation (including, in appropriate circumstances, removal of the pet), or to make a written request to discuss violation with HRA staff; c.) state that the pet owner is entitled to be accompanied by another person of his/her choice at the meeting; and d.) state that the pet owner’s failure to correct the violation, to request a meeting, or to appear at a requested meeting may result in initiation of procedures to terminate the pet owner’s tenancy.

14.) Pet Rule Violation Meeting: If the owner makes a timely request for a meeting to discuss an alleged pet rule violation, the HRA will establish a mutually agreeable time and place for the meeting but no later than 15 days from the effective date of service of the notice of pet rule violation. At the pet rule violation meeting, the pet owner and HRA will discuss any alleged pet rule violation and attempt to correct it. The project owner may, as a result of this meeting, give the pet owner additional time to correct the violation.

15.) Notice of Pet Removal: If the pet owner and HRA are unable to resolve the pet rule violation at the pet rule violation meeting, or if the HRA determines that the pet owner has failed to correct the pet rule violation within any additional time provided for this purpose, the HRA may serve a written notice on the pet owner requiring the pet owner to remove the pet. This notice must contain: a.) a brief statement of the factual basis for the determination and the pet rule violation; b.) state that the pet owner must remove the pet within 10 days of the effective day of service of the notice of pet removal (of the meeting, if notice is served at the meeting); and c.) state that failure to remove the pet may result in initiation of procedures to terminate the pet owner’s tenancy.

16.) Initiation of Procedures to Remove a Pet or Terminate the Pet Owner’s Tenancy: The HRA may not initiate procedures to terminate a pet owner’s tenancy based on a pet rule violation unless: a.) the pet owner has failed to remove the pet or correct a pet rule violation within the applicable time period specified; and b.) the pet rule violation is sufficient to begin procedures to terminate the pet owner’s tenancy under the terms of the lease and applicable regulations. The HRA may initiate procedures to remove a pet at any time in accordance with provisions of applicable state and local law.