By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Today, more so than ever before, people have pets! Whether a dog or a cat, the animal possesses a symbiosis relationship that keeps us tranquil. As a landlord, having an animal on our property creates many problems.
Finding affordable housing in a nice area that allows pets is hard to achieve as a pet owner. Once found, the pet owner will most likely pay a bounty for residency privilege.
A solution to both would be to administer a fair but firm Pet Policy. Of significant concern to the landlord is the insurance carrier. Most insurance carriers are inclined to cancel a policy if certain larger breeds live in the house (i.e., Doberman, Rottweiler, and Bull Terrier). Although size does not indicate damage that an animal might create, it is a starting point for a Pet Agreement. Never, never enter into a verbal agreement with your tenant since these oral agreements will always cause further problems at a later date.
Remember to include an additional nominal rent for the pet and a pet security damage deposit. The damage deposit will cover scratches and stains to the wall and carpets, among other things. Most tenants believe this fair, as they know their pet is well behaved and will not cause damage. If the tenant does not want to pay the deposit, you should question their reasoning. A reasonable pet owner will know how to look after their pets and will probably look after your property.
In allowing a cat or dog onto your property, the owner should furnish you with a copy of recent vaccinations and Certificates of Health for their pet.