Whether you want to allow tenants to bring pets into your home is up to you, but I recommend that you do. This way, you can increase the amount of tenant traffic it gets.
A common question we get from property owners who want to work with us is, “Do I have to allow pets into the home?”
Whether you want to allow tenants to bring pets into your home is up to you, but if you do allow it, you will have full control over your home’s pet policies. You can say what types of pets are allowed in, what size they have to be, etc. If a tenant has a pet, we will tell you its name and provide a description of it along with a picture before we even ask you if you are okay with allowing it into your home.
A great way to get around this issue is to say that pets are negotiable in your unit. I advise you to put that out there first and then see what types of tenants come in.
“In my experience, children do more damage to homes than pets do.”
In any case, if you limit the types of pets that can be brought into your home or forbid pets altogether, you are cutting down the amount of tenant traffic it can bring. Seven out of every 10 tenants in today’s market have pets. Usually, pet owners are very conscious of their pets and how to care for them. In my experience, children do more damage to homes than pets do. It is our policy to do four-month walkthroughs for any property that has a pet.
Sometimes, HOAs can have rules about pets that we must abide by because HOA rules supersede any house rules that we put in place.
My advice? Allow small pets into your home so you can increase the flow of tenant traffic toward it.
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