Pros and Cons of Accepting Pets into Your Property

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One of the biggest issues landlords face is a potential tenant who has a pet. Should they accept pets and impose certain conditions to the rent agreement, or should they not allow any pets at all? It’s a big question for landlords to mull over, and there are both pros and cons to allowing pets in your property.

Pros:

  1. Since there are not many landlords that allow pets, you may get a larger number of potential tenants for your property if you do decide to allow pets. Landlords will have a much larger pool of qualified tenants to choose from.
  2. If your potential tenant has a cat, they are excellent at taking care of rats and mice – a cheap and easy way to exterminate these rodents from your property.
  3. Dogs can help discourage vandals and burglars from your property, especially if it’s a larger dog.
  4. If you do allow pets, your tenants can potentially stay longer since it’s very difficult to find another landlord who will accept pets.
  5. You have the option of only allowing a smaller pet. Cats and small dogs may cause less damage to the property than larger breeds.

Cons:

  1. There are some dog breeds to beware of – not because of any behavioral tendencies, but because some homeowner insurance companies will cancel the policies if there are these types of dogs allowed in the property. These breeds include Dobermans, Rottweilers, Wolf Hybrids, and Pit Bull breeds. Be sure to check with your own insurance policy.
  2. Cats and dogs can both destroy property, such as carpets, stairs, stairwells, walls, doors, and more. Landlords must think about this and really ask the potential tenant if the pet is well-behaved and definitely check references from past landlords. Sometimes the safety deposit just will not cover the costs the damage.
  3. Pets making loud noises, such as whining, barking, howling, or yowling (cats and dogs), can disturb other tenants or neighbors and cause a lot of trouble for the landlord.
  4. Sometimes a tenant may sneak in other pets once the landlord agrees to one. If you do allow pets, be clear and firm that no other pets are allowed without express written consent.
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