The Do's and Don'ts of Pet Ownership at Leased Properties
If you are renting a single family home with a pet, there will undoubtedly be some challenges. The tenant and the landlord will likely have strong opinions on the presence of an animal on the premises. There are good arguments on both sides of the debate as to whether pets should be permitted in a house, apartment or condo rental. Here's how to facilitate the situation and keep both parties satisfied.
Key in on Communication
It is important to establish the rules early on. The landlord should explicitly state which types of animals (if any) are permitted on the rental property. If any pet deposit is required, it should be specified in the lease. Furthermore, the specific amount of the pet deposit for each type of animal must be clear. If all or part of this pet deposit is refundable when certain conditions are met, those conditions must be stated in the lease. Get all of the relevant information out on the table, so there is no question whatsoever as to what the details of the pet policy are.
Furry Friends Need a Home Too
Though many landlords refuse to rent properties to prospective tenants who have pets, it is important to point out that plenty of rental property-seekers own pets. They love their furry friends as though they are children. Landlords should consider the fact that these prospective tenants will always side with their pets over a property. Those who refuse to rent to pet owners might end up passing on some fantastic tenants who would have paid years of rent in full and on time. So don't be so quick to shrink your pool of possible tenants by refusing to rent to those who own pets.
It is prudent to allow pets on a rental property within reason. Plenty of pet owners are reliable renters who won't damage the property or leave before the end of the lease. So add some protections to the lease agreement such as the size of the pet permitted on the property, the type of pet permitted, rules to maintain cleanliness etc. This way, you won't end up with a bunch of tenants who have overly-loud dogs who leave your property a mess.
If you are a tenant looking for a property that will allow pets and aren't having any luck, consider adding a pet deposit or even a non-refundable fee to sway a property owner. This compensation offers the landlord protection against the possibility of property damage caused by dogs, cats and other pets. Adding an extra $25 or $50 or so to the monthly rent just might convince the landlord to rent the property to you and your furry friend.
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