Rethinking Apartment Pet Policies

rethinkingpetsWhether you’re a pet lover or not, there’s undeniable appeal in having a furry roommate. A sleepy cat to warm your lap or friendly pup to get you outside and active can dramatically increase a person’s quality of life.
For a lot of property managers, though, pets spell disaster. Loud dogs can cause tension between residents. Cats can tear up carpet. Lazy pet owners can be bad about picking up after their dog while out on walks. And, of course, there’s the matter of animals simply being unpredictable – dog attacks send hundreds of people to the hospital each year.
But pets don’t have to result in lawsuits or property damage. In fact, allowing pets in your rentals can do more good than harm – most potential tenants won’t even consider your property if they can’t bring Fido along. We at Cal Bay Property Management recommend outlining clear expectations – and consequences – regarding pet misbehavior and damages. With the lines firmly drawn, you can set up a positive relationship with the pet owner from the start.
Find a way to negotiate – and compromise – with pet owners, and you might just find yourself a loyal new resident.
– Scott Safadi