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Can you imagine abandoning someone you love for the sake of moving into a particular apartment?

If you have a pet, you will surely understand why most people consider their four-legged friends family members and treat them as such. It is hardly possible to imagine a situation that might convince a typical pet owner to give up on their pet.

Why do landlords not allow pets? The answer is rather simple. Pets in property equal greater risks of different kinds from possible property damage to legal claims of neighbors who have been hurt or irritated.

Reasons to Be a Pet-Friendly Landlord

  • More Applicants to Choose From

According to the most recent statistics out there, more than half of renters own a pet. If you choose to be flexible, however, you are rewarded by a larger pool of applicants to pick from.

  • Tenants With Pets Prefer Longer Tenancy

Tenants with pets have more of a difficult time finding new places to rent that are also pet friendly. That is why once accepted and allowed to move in, pet owners are not likely to dream of going through the same rental marathon anytime soon. As a result, they tend to stay longer.

  • Pet Owners Make Responsible Tenants

Pet owners are responsible and trustworthy people. After all, they decided to take care of a little creature, which means they can take care of themselves. You can be sure that your prospects are mature and responsible enough.

  • Renters With Pets Are Ready to Pay Higher Rent

Many times, renters with pets will agree to pay more for rent than those without pets. And this is completely understandable since only a part of landlords have flexible ‘pet policy’. Limited in choice, pet owners are forced to place higher bids.

  • Decreased Chances of Having Pets Sneaked Secretly

When you’re aware of animals in your rental, you can at least put some rules and restrictions in place. If you have no idea there is one, you have no control over the situation. By letting your tenants move in with pets in the first place, you protect yourself from tenants sneaking their fluffy friends in.

  • Pet Owners Are Generally Happier

Let’s just say it’s always easier to do business with people who are happy and relaxed rather than those who are angry and nervous. So the equation goes as follows: happy people equal happy tenants, happy tenants equal happy landlord.


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