One of the most popular questions asked of property managers and landlords, does your property allow pets?
The answer to which varies person to person and company to company. However, it is one that should not be made lightly; because, as with everything, there are pros and cons to allowing pets at your rental property.
- Pet friendly rentals are rare, tenants owning pets are abundant; thus a larger pool of potential renters to choose from.
- Property may rent quicker due to a larger pool of interested parties.
- Residence may stay rented longer because it is pet friendly, tenants may have trouble finding another home accepting pets.
- Cats can take care of rodent problems, especially for those homes located in the country.
- A watch dog could deter vandalism while tenants are away on vacation or at work.
- Pets tend to cause more damage to homes and yards, and there are times when the security deposit won’t cover the costs.
- When one pet is allowed, often a second or third is asked for or snuck in.
- Unrestrained, barking or whining dogs can become a nuisance to the neighborhood.
As a landlord the choice is yours. Often, owners will consider a small pet, depending on the age of the pet, breed, and how the rest of the rental application looks. A major factor to consider is if the applicants and their pet have a good rental history from their previous landlord.
Just beware; the following breeds of dogs are the breeds you should think twice about allowing. Most homeowners insurance companies will cancel homeowner policies if these breeds are on the premises: Akita, Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Wolf Hybrid, and Pit Bull breeds including, but not limited to: American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier, and Presa Canario.