According to a Harris poll, three out of five Americans have pets. That’s roughly 60 percent of the population. So, when it comes to your rental, we want to make sure we look at pets as a viable option to get your place rented quickly. As long as you have restrictions, having the right family with the right pet is not a problem.
How Do I Handle Pets in my Mesa Rental Property? Establishing Pet Restrictions
You want to make sure tenants are bringing in a pet that meets the established guidelines. So, at World Class Properties, there are three restrictions we have as Mesa property management experts:
- No cats. I like cats, but they can be destructive. Cat urine is extremely pungent and hard to get out of carpets and padding and baseboards. Sometimes, it gets down to the subfloor, and it’s nearly impossible to remove. So, we draw the line with cats.
- No exotic animals. I’ve seen people with boas and alligators. It’s not that we worry they might do damage to the property, we worry about the health and safety and dangers to the neighbors.
- No aggressive breeds. Most families will have family-friendly breeds, but you should be clear about not allowing aggressive dogs. One particular breed that comes to mind is pit bulls.
Pet Compliance Guidelines
Set some guidelines. We ask that pets are no bigger than 30 to 40 pounds. We take photos and make this pet part of the lease. You don’t want a tenant to start with a Yorkie who is then replaced with a Great Dane halfway through the tenancy. Keep a pet deposit and put a pet policy right into your lease.
Tenants with pets stay longer. With the right pet policy, your tenants with pets will move out and you won’t even know there was an animal living in the property. Stick to your criteria, and you won’t have any problems.
Americans with Disabilities Act
For people who need animals for assistance, there are guidelines in place that require you to allow the pets, no matter what type of animal it is, and what breed of dog it is. There are emotional care animals, service animals, assistance animals, and others. You want to work closely with your property manager and make sure you’re compliant. If a tenant is in this position, you’re likely to get a well-behaved animal.
Allowing pets will open your home to a larger pool of tenants, so it’s off the market sooner. That means more money in your pocket. If you have any questions about pets or property management in Mesa, please contact us at World Class Properties.