Pet Policy

Pet Policy

Pet Policy

With so many renters looking for pet-friendly rentals, it only makes sense to consider how allowing pets in your rentals can help you to attract more prospective tenants. But before you do, make sure you have a detailed pet policy in place. By doing so, you can limit your liability if an incident with your tenant’s pet should occur. It’s important to be upfront about any limitations. This can include the types of pets you allow as well as any breed restrictions and size requirements you might have.

Keep in mind, there may be some gray areas when it comes to service, assistance or emotional support animals. For this reason, it’s important to check with an attorney to make sure your policies are legal and in compliance with fair housing laws. Having a clear pet policy, outlined in your lease agreement, will help minimize risks while establishing clear expectations. With this in mind, we offer some insight on what to include in a pet policy.

Pet Policy: The Lease Agreement

Whether you decide to allow pets or not, your lease agreement should make your restrictions and expectations clear. This is especially true if you are going to allow pets in your rentals. To do this, create a clearly written pet policy as a part of your lease agreement or include it as a separate pet addendum. Having a clear pet policy, outlined in your lease agreement, will help minimize risks while establishing clear expectations. To address pets in your lease agreement you’ll want to cover the some of the items we’ve listed below.

Pet Policy Tips:

  • Pet Rent: address the amount you will charge
  • Deposit: address the amount you will charge and if it is refundable or not
  • Require Renters Insurance: this will provide your tenants with needed coverage
  • Size & Breed: clearly state what types of pets you allow
  • Picking Up After Pets: where to dispose of waste
  • Customize: add whatever lease rules you need to identify all of your expectations

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What To Include In A Pet Policy

Pet deposits, fees, or rents will cover you financially. However, this is just one piece of the puzzle when renting to pet owners. The pet policy should specify the type and number of pets allowed. Additionally, it should also specify if certain breeds are banned (e.g. those defined as “dangerous breeds”) for this, ask your insurance company about policy coverage related to renting to tenants with pets. Other items to include are restrictions on the size or weight of pets allowed. Again, be mindful when it comes to service, assistance or emotional support animals.

Conclusion

With so many renters looking for pet-friendly rentals, it only makes sense to consider how allowing pets in your rentals can help you to attract more prospective tenants. But before you do, make sure you have a detailed pet policy in place. By doing so, you can limit your liability if an incident with your tenant’s pet should occur. If you are struggling to create or enforce a pet policy, consider hiring a property management company. Whether you are interested in changing property managers, or simply looking to hire one for the first time, we can help.

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