Creating a pet-friendly rental can be a great way to attract responsible and caring tenants who have pets. Here are some tips to help you create a pet-friendly rental:
Update your lease agreement: Make sure your lease agreement allows pets, and specify any restrictions or rules, such as weight limits, breed restrictions, or additional fees for pet deposits or monthly pet rent.
- Consider your flooring: Choose flooring materials that are durable and easy to clean, such as vinyl, tile, or hardwood. These types of flooring are more resistant to scratches and accidents from pets, and they can help prevent odors from getting trapped in carpeting.
- Provide pet-friendly amenities: Consider adding amenities that are specifically designed for pets, such as a dog run or a pet washing station. These amenities can make living in your rental more appealing to pet owners.
- Communicate with tenants: Establish open communication with your tenants regarding their pets. Encourage them to report any damage or accidents caused by their pets promptly, and be sure to address any issues in a timely and professional manner.
- Conduct regular inspections: Conduct regular inspections of your rental property to ensure that your pet-owning tenants are complying with the terms of their lease agreement. This will help prevent any issues from escalating and help maintain a positive relationship with your tenants.
- Protect your walls: use a semi-gloss, high-gloss, or satin paint to make your walls easy to clean surfaces. Keeping the walls texture free will minimize pet temptation to chew or scratch. Add Lucite panels to doors to reduce scratches.
- Meet the pet: meeting the pet can give you more insight as to how the dog behaves and how the owner treats their pet.
- Remember its ok to be picky on the pets allowed in the home.
- Require the pets to be spayed or neutered: this will cut down on behavioral issues, messes, and any possible unexpected additional pets.
- Be specific in pet care requirements and property maintenance expectations: set a certain number of hours a pet can be outside at a time unattended. Also require a timely clean up of the outside pet waste.
Being clear and transparent with your expectations of the pets and pet owners in the property creates a mutual respect and by implementing these tips, you can create a pet-friendly rental that appeals to responsible pet owners and helps you attract and retain great tenants!