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A friends lives in Springfield MI in an apartment that has

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A friends lives in Springfield MI in an apartment that has a no pet policy. She has had a hamster for months. Yesterday one of the maintenance men reported her for having a caged animal. She has been given a notice about it and they say they will charge her $15 a day until she gets rid of him. Where I live (Ontario, Canada) I know that no pet clauses in leases are not enforceable unless the animal is a threat or a disturbance. What are the no pet laws in Springfield and do they have a legal right to force her to get rid of it?
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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern for your friend. The landlord/owner does have a legal right to restrict pets on the premises. This is very common in the Missouri and typically, if pets are allowed, it needs to be stated within the lease agreement and a pet deposit is normally charged. It does seem like such a minor issue, as it is not a dog or cat but the hamster is a pet and the landlord could ask her to remove it. Of course, she can try and negotiate with the landlord, modifying the lease to allow it and offer to pay a pet fee. If she fails to do so, the landlord could hold her in breach of the lease agreement, charge the fee and even proceed to evict, if needed.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your information. Not what I had hoped to hear but I won't shoot the messanger so to speak. Have a good day!