How much does a pet fee cost?

This is often one of the first questions a property manager receives.  All property managers have their own opinion on how it is supposed to work.  I have my own pet and I would be lying to you, if I told you he didn’t cause any damage.  Because, whether we want to admit it or not, all pets cause some damage, regardless of size.  The damage could be the smell that is left behind after a tenant moves out.  It could be urine on the carpet.  Could be chewed up window sills and baseboards.  There are a variety of things that pets can cause damage to.   Pet fees, pet rent, and pet deposits are all the same.  Just a tool to protect the owner and the property.  As a tenant, just expect to pay a hefty fee to have Fido in your next rental property.  


Some tenants think that’s why they pay a security deposit and don’t want to pay extra for a pet fee.  Well, guess what?  Humans cause damage too. They break leases, lose jobs, breakup with significant others, etc.  Life happens.  As a property manager, we have protect the owner and their investment so if something happens because of the pet we have that covered.  If something the tenants do causes damage, we have that covered too.  Trying to cover anything outside of normal wear and tear is our job and that includes pets.  At ERA Heavener Realty, we charge a one time three hundred dollar pet fee, per pet, which is non-refundable.   No pet rent or monthly. There isn’t a wrong or a right way to assess pet rent or deposits, just make sure that if you are renting your home, you charge for pets!  If you don’t you are missing an opportunity to protect yourself from future damage.  If you have any questions let me know at or feel free to call me at 904-574-1958.  

Maintenance habits made easy, for the long term.

Maintenance Costs Money, So does being a landlord.

In a changing market, owners of investment properties think their investment automatically becomes more valuable.   Not entirely true.  Rent is not the only thing rising here, so is the quality of living.  In any market, rising rents is a good sign for investors, not good for tenants.  This is a cat and mouse game […]

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Help us Grow our Business and put Money back in your Pocket.

Please contact Matt at 904-786-3456 or email for more information on this new program.  Lets save you some money and work for each other!

ERA Heavener Realty Property Management and has been working on a new referral business for our current clients.  As most of you know there is nothing stronger than a recommendation from a friend in the service industry.  We all ask our friends or co-workers who is best dentist in town?  What mechanic is the […]

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Big Ticket Repairs and the Cost Invovled

Typical wood rot at the base of a home.

Avoiding the “Oh crap!” Moment Did you ever get a call from your plumber, roofer, electrician, tenant and think to yourself  “that’s going to cost a ton, I don’t have the money for that right now!”    Everyone has gotten that call or recommendation on a bill from their service guys.  Whether you are a landlord […]

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Repairs and Rental Property

If you are an experienced landlord you know this can be a touchy subject, but here are a few tips that will help.   83.51 Landlord’s obligation to maintain premises.— (1) The landlord at all times during the tenancy shall: (a) Comply with the requirements of applicable building, housing, and health codes; or (b) Where there are no applicable […]

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Finding Rental Property in Jacksonville, FL

How soon should I start looking for a rental property and what will I need to know? This week’s topic is one that we wonder about and it really doesn’t have a definitive answer.  How soon should I start to look for my rental property?  What will I need to know to be totally prepared? […]

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Home Inspections, pictures are worth a thousand words.

This is an example of the PDF document that my software would create.

This is Matt Miller with ERA Heavener Realty and back for my second topic on this blog that doesn’t have a name.  I am a property manager here in Jacksonville, Florida and we are talking home inspections today!  These are the single biggest thing that could save an owner and tenant from a knock […]

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How do I price my rental property?

Every new homeowner who suddenly becomes an investor may wonder what they could rent their property for.  This is not an easy question to answer for property managers and may not be an easy answer to hear if you’re an owner.  I am a property manager in Jacksonville, Florida and every market is different and […]

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