As a landlord or property manager, do you allow pets in your rentals? For me, the answer to this question depends on the rental and the type of pet. Over 3/4 of my current tenants have a dog or cat. Personally, I prefer dogs to cats. But, I allow pets on a case by case basis. I typically charge a pet fee of at least $150 to $200, upon signing of the lease, depending on the pet. This is a fee, and NOT a deposit. It is not money they get back at the end of the lease term. And, I have them initial off on this when they sign.
I do not allow specific breeds of dogs, as my insurance company has a list of what they consider to be ‘dangerous dogs’. They can cancel my insurance if they find I am renting to tenants that have these particular breeds of dogs. Some of the breeds included on the list are rottweilers, chows, pitt bulls, german shepherds and dobermans. I don’t make up the list, it is determined by the insurance companies.
In 13 years I have had one instance of a dog doing damage to a property. The dog chewed the door frame and scratched the door. In several instances I have had tenants with cats that have ‘sprayed’ the walls and the floors. It is nearly impossible to get rid of the smell. And tenants can easily ‘sneak’ a cat in, and it may take a couple of months for the landlord to catch on.
So, as a landlord or property owner or manager do you rent to tenants with pets?
Pictured is my pet, Bailey the Boxer
This article is authored by Sandy Shores, Melbourne FL REALTOR.