Perfecting Your Tenant Pet Policy
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Many a landlord shuns tenants with pets due to the increasing likelihood of repairs or maintenance down the road. Itâ€™s also more of a burden on the landlord to rewrite the tenant pet agreement, thus accommodating such pets.
However, given the economy itâ€™s wise as a landlord to keep an open mind to renters with pets. Many would-be tenants are more likely to seek out tenant pet agreements that allow them to keep their pets, rather than getting rid of them for a short-term living situation.
Vacancy rates aside, it's nonetheless easy to understand any landlord's reluctance to allow pets. Animals open a unit up to more potential damages and can cause noise and safety issues in a complex, not to mention a host of other problems that are often simply not worth the hassle. However, while there are a number of valid reasons to ban pets, thereâ€™s also a few good reasons to allow them; namely, it open up your potential pool of tenants and allows you to increase your rental rates.
Here are some considerations that can be used if you do decide to allow pets.
In closing, if you do allow pets youâ€™ll most likely lower your vacancy rates and exploit a new tenant population in need of housing. Also, there are websites such as DogHouseProperties.com or PeopleWithPets.com, in which you can post your pet-friendly rental listing to increase visibility with pet owners. EzLandlordForms.com also has an editable Tenant Pet Agreement, which can be signed between the landlord and tenant.