How Adopting a Pet-Friendly Policy Benefits Landlords
People increasingly consider pets to be an important part
of the family. This is evident in the number of specialty
pet products and services that continue to be developed.
By accepting pets and responsible owners as tenants,
landlords can access this huge base of potential renters.
- Less turnover, fewer costs. People with pets
typically find it difficult to find a good rental that will
allow them to keep their pets. Once they find one, many
tend to stay where they are -- which means longer
occupancy and saved costs on marketing and promotion
for the landlord.
The task of advertising a rental unit, showing the
unit, and selecting a tenant can be an onerous one. Finding a
good, long-term tenant minimizes the need to start the tenant
selection process all over again.
- More potential tenants. There are many responsible
pet owners who are excellent tenants -- but they are currently
shut out of a large part of the rental market. Adopting a
pet-friendly policy opens up this market to you.
Remember that people are just people, regardless of whether
or not they choose to have pets. Someone who is neat and tidy is
likely to still be neat and tidy, even if they choose to have a
pet. People don't automatically become messy and irresponsible
just because they've decided to share their lives with a pet.
Choose a tenant on an individual basis, not on a blanket
restriction about whether or not they have pets.
- You help to keep pets with their families. Many people
consider their pets to be an important part of their families.
They won't give them up. In some extreme circumstances, people
may be forced to choose between giving up their beloved pets or
finding a home - an equally stressful situation for both the
families and for the pet.
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