A recent study found that over seventy percent of Americans are pet-owners. That’s a lot of furry or possibly scaley…. friends! Another study found that there are more people choosing to rent properties than ever before. This means that the majority of renters will most likely have pets and as a landlord, you will have to decide if allowing pets is something you want to do.
The benefit of allowing pets is that because there are currently a lot of landlords who do not allow pets, it could make your property a lot more attractive to great renters who would not be able to find a place otherwise, which could bring in more money.
However, you could also potentially damage a property causing you to lose money having to fix those damages. It could also cost you renters who do not want to move into a property that has previously been inhabited by a furry creature or have one as a neighbor.
However, there are many ways to avoid the downfalls of allowing pets while still allowing your residents to have them:
The lease is there for a reason! If you include a clause in the lease that holds your renter responsible for their pets actions, you will not have to take on the liability.
In addition, you can charge tenants a “pet deposit” or raise their initial security deposit to cover any damages that could be made to the property by a pet.
All in all, having a pet-friendly rental may not be the worst idea, as it can create more potential business for you, as more and more people are preferring to rent.