Good tenants are often hard to find, and making concessions may sometimes make it easier to find a reliable tenant. For this reason, a landlord may want to allow a tenant to have pets. This might make the difference between having a rental sit empty or successfully renting it out.
Landlords should consider the advantages of allowing tenants with pets. For one thing, allowing pets will greatly increase the number of potential renters for rental properties. Furthermore, tenants who have pets are more likely to stay in the rental unit longer. Tenant, pet owners are usually a responsible class of tenant and many landlords prefer to rent to tenants that own pets. It is not uncommon for a landlord to allow small dogs,(under 30 pounds), or perhaps the landlord will allow a maximum of two or even three pets, such as two cats and one dog, or some combination thereof. A tenant can ask a landlord to make an exception for them, but the landlord, having more than one rental unit in any given area, has got to treat all tenants fairly. If the landlord allows one tenant to have pets, then he/she will need to allow others to have pets as well. In no case, can a landlord refuse to rent to anyone who has a physical or mental deficiency, who relies on the help of a health care animal, Discrimination for the sole reason that the landlord considers the animal to be a pet.
TENANTS TALKING TO SKEPTICAL LANDLORDS:
- Tenants with pets seeking to find a rental should be prepared. Get a brief letter of references from previous landlords or neighbors, concerning the good nature and well mannered pet that you have.
- If your pet has been to Obedience school, bring along the certificates, as well as proof of spaying or neutering, vaccination and licensing.
- The landlord may like to meet the pet before making a decision. Bring the pet along on a second visit to the new rental property.
- Many problems are caused by female dogs in heat, which attract noisy and persistent dogs, also having the pet sterilized shows that the new tenant is a responsible owner.
- Offer a larger damage deposit, over and above what the landlord usually charges. Or offer a pet deposit, this shows the landlord that the tenant is confident about the pets behavior.
Many landlords are faced with the dilemma of allowing pets in their rental property. They want to keep potential and existing tenants happy, but landlords want to avoid any trouble that pets may cause.
LANDLORDS AND PET FEE’S:
Many landlords charge new tenants a “pet fee,” in addition to the normal Security Deposit. Pets typically cause extra wear and tear to an apartment and this is a way the a landlord can off-set the cost that may come caused by with tenants with pets and the damage that might result.
As a landlord if you decide to allow pets in a rental property, make sure you go over all of the terms and the lease with the tenants. Make sure the tenants know how many pets are allowed and what kinds of animals are acceptable. Make sure the tenant knows the allowed area where the pet can go for exercise Make sure that they are responsible for cleaning up after them. There may be complaints from other tenants or neighbors, how does the landlord and the tenant remedy this problem? If the landlord decides to collect an additional pet fee deposit, prior to the tenant moving in, it is best to check with the local housing office or the state to determine if this is allowed in your state and how much can you collect, if so. State Laws
LANDLORDS NOT ALLOWING PETS:
Many landlords just simply will not allow pets.( Health care animals excepted) Reasons for this are many.
The landlord has numerous apartments or rental units in one area, lets say 30. If the landlord allows one dog in the complex, he will have to allow 30. It would not be long before the complex would not be fit to live in, Children would not be able to play in the yard, neighbors would be complaining and numerous responses from the local police or sheriffs’ department. Many landlords’ fear that the pet would damage the property or furnishings. Many landlords are concerned that an animal may attack another tenant. guest or neighbor. If the landlord has refused to allow a pet and the tenant decides to get one anyway, the landlord will issue a breach of agreement letter to the tenant, indicating that failure to remedy the breach will result in a notice to vacate the rental. A landlord must allow a reasonable time for the tenant to comply.CONTRACTS & FORMS
REASONS NOT TO ALLOW PETS:
- Landlord could be denied access to the rental unit
- Landlords fear that damages could be caused by pets, to Property and Landscaping
- Landlords would consider noise problems such as barking or whining.
- Landlords may feel the property has no yard and is not right for a pet.
- Landlords may be concerned about the community. Noise, damages to neighbors property and neighbors safety.
REASONS TO ALLOW PETS:
- Pet friendly rentals are rare, there for there is a larger pool of potential tenants to choose from.
- Properties that are pet friendly may rent quicker due to tenants that are interested.
- Tenants may stay rented longer and the turnover rate will go down because it is pet friendly.
- Some pets may help keep pest/rodent problems away.
- A dog could protect property from vandalism while tenants are away at work.
- Landlords who allow pets are able to charge more rent for their units, perhaps 20% to 30% more than rentals that do not allow them.
Landlords can reduce the risks created by having pets at a rental property by creating smart pet policies. Create a “pet agreement” and include it in the agreement as part of your lease.
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