Taking a bite out of pet owners...
Yep, as if the whole kerfluffle with United wasn't enough, we have this lovely bit of breaking news:
There is an update to the pet policy for all Oakwood and ExecuStay apartments, effective 08.01.2012 : any new reservations will have a new pet fee; for guests already booked, the current fee will apply as booked initially.
- There will be a non-refundable pet fee of $ 400.00 / per pet (2 pets max) along with a $ 4.00 /day pet rent charge per pet for all long term stays. (30 days +)
- For any short term stays (less then 30 days) there is a $ 10.00 / day pet fee
- Please note, the policy of weight and breed restrictions still remains
This was posted on the Oakwood page today (for the direct bill/overseas lodging program) and already has pet owners up in arms and even more frustrated. With little notice, the fee (non-refundable) has been upped by at least $100 (I heard it was last set at $300) and now there is the added bonus of a $4/day pet rent for long-term stays! Mind you, there are already breed and size restrictions, so you are not likely to run into Cujo in the hallway anyway.
Truly ironic, as just today I was visiting a friend at Oakwood and thinking what a nice set-up it is. Pool, tennis, grills, lots of stuff for kids, families, singles and, yes, they accomodate pets!
Well, if you can afford the ransom. I am not against fees for pets, but think anything over $150 needs to be at least partially refundable. Why should you have to pay a fortune if your pet did not cause any damage? I understand a modest amount for cleaning, but almost $1500 in pet rent for one pet for a year-long stay? Quite honestly, sounds like a huge scam to me and I would not be surprised if this caused a number of people to rethink their stays at Oakwood and stay at other more family-friendly locales (since our pets are our family members). I know I would....
Oh, and you needn't worry, this issue is being tackled by FS pet advocates!