Pets are like family and over half of renters in the United States own one. Use these tips to improve the landlord-tenant relationship when it comes to pets.
1. Suggest a Trial Period
Many landlords have a “No Pet” policy for their rental. If a prospective tenant is a good fit, then the landlord might consider a trial period for the furry tenant.
Also, it’s not a bad idea to have a tenant interview for a pet, even if they are allowed at the unit. The behavior during the meeting can be a good indicator of how they’ll behave as an occupant.
2. Know the Pet Policy
Treat the pet policy like any other rental document: know the rules and the consequences. This goes for both landlords and tenants. Here are some questions to think about:
- Are there limits to the number of pets?
- Are there breed restrictions?
- Should the landlord be notified when a new pet is at the property?
- What are the tenants cleaning responsibilities?
- Should a pet be spayed/neutered?
3. Neutralize Odors and Dander
One of the concerns about having animals in a rental unit is that the things they leave behind can impact the ability to rent that unit out again. Animal odors can linger and are unappealing to potential prospects. Dander can eliminate new renters who have pet allergies. Take a look at this article for some great tips on de-petting your rental.
4. Maintain the Yard
A pet may spend more time in the backyard than the human companion. Renters can take charge of the yard by pet-proofing in when they move in. Make sure the fence is secure so that your furry friend can’t get out. Urine can kill grass, causing unsightly patches in the yard. Watering down these areas can neutralize the effect, but new grass may need to be planted.
5. Use Rugs
A simple way to reduce the impact a cat or dog has on a property is to use rugs in strategic place. Put a rug by entrances to catch mud from dirty paws. Place one in your pet’s favorite spot to catch fur and dander. Best of all, an area rug can be washed or even replaced quite easily.
Landlords and tenants can manage pets more easily in rentals with a clear idea of expectations. Use these tips to understand how landlords, tenants, and the animals who love them can live in harmony.