For many landlords, renting to pet owners is a no-brainer. Generally speaking, they are considered more responsible, less likely to break the lease and move, and either pay an upfront pet deposit, or an extra pet rent every month. In other words, diligent screening of pet owners and their best friends can yield extraordinary results for everyone.

Of course, making a great first impression on a potential landlord is key when it comes to finding a pet-friendly rental property. Keep reading to learn more about how to get your pet rent ready!

Bad Reputation

There are plenty of property owners and management corporations that will not consider making rental units available for pets to live in. Some pets are perceived as problematic. Property damage, odors, destroyed landscaping, as well as issues with other tenants like noise, allergies, and even aggression can become serious issues in rental units.

Home Sweet Home

To change this unfortunate perception – and protect everyone’s interests – landlords and prospective tenants should carefully screen each other. To get your pet rent ready, we recommend reviewing some of the following potential questions:

  • How old is your pet?
  • What is their species, breed and weight? (keep in mind that owners may have clear stipulations about these)
  • How long have you owned them, and are you solely responsible for their welfare?
  • Have they received obedience training?
  • Are they up to date on all their core vaccinations and parasite prevention?
  • Have they ever been in a situation in which they behaved aggressively toward another person or animal?
  • Do you enforce rules for them?
  • Does your pet positively socialize with other pets and people?
  • How are they around children?
  • Do they have all the necessary gear and equipment needed to meet all of their needs?

Best Renters Out There

One of the best ways to secure a spot in a rental unit is to meet the property owner face to face. That way, they can size up both you and your pet as potential protectors of their investment.

To consider you, they will be looking for a happy, mellow, friendly, and adorable animal. Landlords should know that it takes a lot of energy and planning to care for a pet, and these qualities translate well into caring for a rental property, too.

Pet owners can even go the extra mile and put together a pet resume that shows all of their traits, accomplishments, medical histories, and cute photographs. A list or references from previous landlords or property management offices can go a long way toward vetting your pet.

Be Prepared for Pet Rent

As we mentioned, owners of pets should expect to either pay a pet deposit when signing a lease, or be charged a pet rent every month of tenancy. This may be anywhere between $20-100 every month, and is not refundable.

Upfront pet deposits may be returned to you when the lease is over and no damage has occurred. Landlords will deduct the cost of any necessary repairs from the deposit, or keep all of  it if the damage is irreparable.

The Fine Print

Renters should look over the lease agreement very carefully. Be sure that any verbal approval for pets is also clearly written in the lease. If you find yourself looking at a standard lease that states a “no pet policy” cross it out, initial it, and ask the other party to do the same.

Happy Together

Getting a pet rent ready may have challenges, but it’s worth it in the long run. If you have any questions about paying pet rent, or have concerns about your pet’s behavior, please let our staff know. We’re always here for you at Highway Veterinary Hospital.