In the rental world this can be a renter’s White Whale. Landlords that are willing to subject their properties to the potential damage a pet can afflict are few and far between, but they do exist. The thing is that LOTS of people have pets. Whether that pet is in a cage or trotting around on four legs, pets are common place.
Setting up your rental as a pet-free dwelling might just be shooting yourself in the foot. This caveat significantly shrinks the pool of potential renters. While its understandable that you don’t want animals destroying your property, you have to remember that any damaged caused will be the responsibility of your tenant(s) to remedy. On top of this, you have a damage deposit to fall back on, but you have other options too. Pets are a potential opportunity to increase your profits. By allowing pets only on the agreement that a monthly pet-fee is paid, you make a little extra cash for taking the risk of allowing a pet on the property. In the end an iron-clad lease will be necessary.
Lots of houses are restrictive to only particular pets, and many that are labeled as ‘pet-friendly’ also enforce those types of restrictions, so its important to ask if all types of pets are welcome. If you find a place that you love, but it has a no pet policy, you may be able to twist the landlords arm a bit. Offering to pay an additional monthly fee is just one way you can try to persuade them, but the effectiveness of this will depend on the type of building you are trying to rent. Generally, no pet allowed properties are fairly strict if you are in a condo/apartment building, for various reasons. If you are looking to rent a house, or townhouse, you may find you have a lot more leeway to bargain