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Is Your Rental Property Pet Friendly

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Did you know that almost half of renters today own a pet? That is a large population of people. However, pet-friendly properties remain far and few while the Australian  population keeps on struggling to find a home.

If you happen to be stuck in a similar situation, then you can turn the tables in your favour. By making your property pet-friendly, you can attract a lot of potential renters looking for a home.

This has an additional set of benefits such as:

1. Pet owners are more likely to pay their rent on time

According to an Australian survey, 65% of pet owners make more than $50,000 a year and are likely to pay more rent while also ensuring that they do it on time.

 

2. Longer tenancy period

As we established, there are fewer properties available on rent for pet owners. Since it is harder to find a home, they are more likely to stay longer with you.

3. Responsible tenants

There is no denying the fact that pet owners are pretty responsible people. If someone is competent enough to take care of a pet, he/she is indeed capable of taking care of the property.

However, there are still specific measures that you can take.

Social behaviour

You might want to enforce some rules when it comes to socially acceptable behavior. You can let them know what is expected and what is not. In the case of a shared property with more than one tenant, you need to ensure that the pet does not affect the daily lives of other people.

 

Additional fee

Of course you are one of the ‘few’ landlords who allow pets on your premises. This is an additional service as compared to other properties in your area. You can charge an additional fee for your service. Sit down with your tenant or real estate agency and discuss a deal with him/her.

 

Host pet-friendly events 

If you happen to own a multi-story building with a lot of tenants then you should consider hosting dedicated or pet-friendly events at your property. This will serve as an opportunity for both pet owners and other tenants to indulge with one another. This is an opportunity to appease existing tenants who might have a preference to stay in a pet-free environment. 

 

Prohibit certain pets 

‘Pets’ might mean different things to different people. Therefore, do not craft your policies with only dogs and cats in mind. Additionally, some breeds of dogs tend to be quite excitable, and could potentially frighten other residents of your building. This is something you should keep in mind when accepting tenants in a property or apartment complex.


These are just some of the things that you need to consider while making your buildings pet-friendly. Remember to spend enough time drafting the policies regarding pets to avoid any unprecedented events.

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Topics: Property Advice, Property Management Advice

Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.