Update: Before you leave hate on this article you need to realize that I am a dog owner myself. I love pets, check my instagram photos (icon on the top right) it’s filled with me and my little bichon poodle. However, I own rental properties in one of the most distressed areas in America. My tenants all are on government assistance and can barely take care of themselves, let alone an animal. These tenants have let their animals destroy my rental and I have zero recourse, because they can’t afford to pay for damages. So… I adopted the policy of no pets / no excuses. For those of you who still want to leave hate in the comments.. get over it. My properties, my rules. Before you say “charge a pet fee”, answer this question for me..
Have you ever tried to get a pet fee from a 100% government assistance tenant before?
Owning an apartment building or any rental unit means you’re the boss and that you make the rules. However, many landlords can sometimes be confused about which rules are really acceptable, or which rules can come off as harsh as the Nazi’s. However, when it comes to allowing pets in the place, it may be better off for you to be as strict as possible in saying no.
There are many reasons why pets should be an absolute no-no in your property. Below are some of them:
They pee and poo all over the place!
There’s really no telling whether your tenant will actually take good care of his or her pet. Chances are, they won’t even bother to properly train their dog, meaning you stand the chance of having all sorts of stains on your flooring and furniture. What’s more, some of the not-so-responsible pet owners will most likely just leave the feces and urine lying in the pathway, garage, or even on the stairwell, which will cause an absolute disturbance to your other tenants, not to mention hygiene issues.
The smell can be unbearable!
Your tenants want to wake up to a place that either smells of flowers and fresh morning air or to the scent of newly cooked waffles – but definitely not to the smell of cat urine! You run the risk of your property smelling awful if you allow even a single tenant to keep a pet, especially a cat. Plus, smells aren’t easy to mask, you will end up having to shell out a lot of to replace the carpets
They leave scratches
You hand over your keys to your new tenant, with the fully furnished unit all spotless and new. The next thing you know, that lovely wooden chair you bought at Home Depot is filled with scratches made by either cats or dogs. Pets can definitely damage your furniture, making them look worn out and less appealing to your next tenant. Not to mention cause you some undue stress.
Health hazard to the kids
Let’s face it, no matter how friendly dogs can get, you just can’t get rid of those sharp canines that they have. Pets are accidents that are just waiting to happen. You will really dread the day when an angry father calls you up to complain that their next door neighbor’s dog bit their child. And although this is the responsibility of your tenant, there’s just no avoiding the fact that as a landlord, you are still held responsible. Not only are kids in danger of being bitten by animals, adults are too.
Imagine you are sleeping ever so soundly when all of a sudden you are awoken by the sound of incessant barking. What’s worse is that the barking encourages other dogs around the neighborhood to bark as well, causing such a nerve wracking ruckus.
Some owners just can’t control their pets. If you want to have a good nights rest, by avoiding telephone complaints and city violations for noise complaints, then you’re better off just banning dogs and other pets in the first place.
The chance of escape
How many times have lost dogs, cats, and even snakes been reported? It would really be a nasty scene having to inform your other tenants that the occupant at unit 1A has just lost their pet snake. Even gerbils or cute rodents can be such a hassle if they are lost since they can dig holes under your walls or flooring, or eat up your wiring.
All of the reasons above depict just how disadvantageous it is for you to allow your tenants to have pets. No matter how cute these furry little things might be, they will just cause you a lot of undue headache, added cost, and property damage which you are much better off without.
Also, don’t worry about having to implement these rules, some tenants actually prefer not having pets at all so if your unit is characterized by your “no pet” policy, then chances are you’ll even get more tenants than expected.