Many renters looking for a place to live have pets. It might be a small dog, a large dog or a cat. There are about 65 percent of people bringing a pet into the property, and if you’re going to allow a pet into your rental property, there are a lot of pros and cons to consider. These are the things we discuss with landlords.
Dogs or Cats?
In our experience, dogs are easier to take care of than cats. This is only because a cat’s urine causes a lot of damage. Just remember that even a well trained dog or a well behaved cat can still cause damage. It’s each individual owner’s responsibility to decide whether they want to allow a pet.
Pet Deposits and Fees
Consider charging an additional fee for pet rent per month. Or, you can ask for an additional deposit to cover any potential damage a pet may cause. In California, most property management companies charge an additional deposit.
If you do allow pets, you’ll need a written policy. This protects you and your tenant and it can be included in your lease or attached as an addendum. The policy should be thorough and cover all the potential situations, including who cleans up after the pet. For example, if there are fleas after a tenant moves out, the tenant should be responsible for taking care of the problem.
Finally, it’s important to remember that service animals are not pets. You must allow them in your property. You cannot charge pet rent or deposits for those animals.
If you have any other questions, please contact us at Action 1 Properties, and we’d be happy to help you.