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Shall I Rent My Home to Tenants with Pets?

Renting to Pet Owners

Over half of the people who rent have pets, yet less than half of the available homes or condos allow pets. As a result many pets end up at the animal shelters without a home. To avoid separation of renters from their pets, establish responsbile pet ownership and respect for the preoperty, here are some gidelines to consider when allowing pets.

Yes to Pets? Guidelines:

Pets or no Pets?

1. If your rental unit has rules and regulations based upon a homeonwer association, be sure to check for any restricions. Otherwise, estalibsh reasonable limits on the number of animals based on size and activity level of the pets in question’;

2. Check the rental history of potential tenants to determine how the pet were received in previous units;

3. Require that cats and dogs be licensed, up to date on their shots and have identification on a collar tag and/or chip;

4. Create a written set of policies and procedures for the pet owner to follow which could include removal of waste and noise issues. This addendum would also include expectations and consequences for non-compliance;

5. Require a reasonable supplementary pet deposit for all pets EXCEPT companion and service animals;

6.Require landlord approval if the renters wish to add or replace a pet.

Accepting pets can benefit a landlord since it is often the case that responsible pet owners are willing to pay more and stay longer. So, if you have a property to rent and qualified tenants with pets who ris to rent your home or condo, consider the suggestions above to keep pets and their owners together.

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