Should You Allow Pets?

Advantages of Allowing Pets
Lots of potential tenants have pets, so allowing pets makes your property available to a much larger pool of potential tenants, and thereby increases your chances of renting your home faster and even for slightly higher prices. This is especially important if you have older carpet which could discourage non-pet owners from renting. Plus, if you already have pets, your home may be more likely to appeal to another pet owner.

Disadvantages of Allowing Pets
There is a greater chance of damage to your home when pets are present. And it may be difficult to recover the full replacement cost for older items, such as carpet, if they are damaged by pets. It is unlikely that a tenant’s deposit would be enough to pay for new carpet, and in court, judges are likely to award only a pro-rated amount, based on the remaining life of the carpet.

Our Recommendations
Because of the potential risk involved, we strongly recommend against allowing pets into a rental property. Damage from pets can easily exceed a tenant’s security deposit. Many times damage such as pet odor and flea infestation can be hidden at the time of move-out and, therefore, not noted on the final inspection in time to make deductions from a tenant’s security deposit.

Precautions we take.
We only recommend allowing adult pets whose behavior we can verify through the tenant’s previous rental history. If you decide to allow pets, we take extra precautions, such as charging a non-refundable pet fee. This fee is used at the end of the lease to treat both the interior and exterior for fleas. The tenants are still responsible for having the carpet professionally cleaned at the end of the lease. If damage does occur, we will make deductions from the tenant’s deposit, and proceed with court action, if the damage exceeds their deposit.

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