Why To Rethink Your No Pets Policy
As a property management company, one of the things we are asked very frequently is “do any of your properties allow pets” and very often the answer is no. But why is this so often the case?
Many landlords do not want to run the risk of allowing animals into their properties, and while this can make a lot of sense when confronted with large dogs, there is always a counter argument to be had regarding much smaller pets. Should What applies to a Doberman also apply to a Hamster?
While there are of course a multitude of factors to consider when approaching this topic, it is key to remain fair. Take a look at your property or properties, and ask yourself the following questions:
- Do any of your current tenants have known animal allergies?
- Will the proposed animal cause any excessive noise?
- Is the proposed animal aggressive or in any way dangerous to your tenants?
- Will the proposed animal cause any damage to the property itself?
- Is there appropriate space within the tenants allocated space for the proposed animal?
These are all essential questions to think about, and while it can be a lot easier to impose a blanket ban on all pets, is this always fair? If the animal in question is safe, of an appropriate size and will not cause any tenants discomfort then there is reason to consider allowing it within your property.
It is worth discussing this with your current tenants, ask them how they would feel about potential pets in the property And ask them about any animal allergies they may have. Its always important to be fair and considerate to both your current tenants and any potential new tenants.