Creating pet-friendly rental homes is a great way to entice potential long-term tenants in Hennepin County. A number of renters that own a pet are deterred by the high number of rental homes that do not allow animals on the property. If you currently (or plan to) offer pet-friendly rental properties, have you considered using a registration process and decal for your furry residents? While many investment property owners do not include this process in their lease documents, there are many advantages to doing so.
The benefits of using a visible marker on each rental home where pets are present are far-reaching – and not just for you! Consider how helpful it can be for your lead property manager and maintenance contractors to easily see, via a decal on a front door or window, whether or not pets are permitted on the individual property. Not only that but if they also had the right to a pet permit number which they could then match up with the pets currently being kept on the property. In addition to making your responsibilities easier, other professionals needing access to the property (utility workers, maintenance crews, etc) would immediately know what to expect inside and, if conditions are not as expected, to take appropriate action.
Using pet registration protocols and displaying decals may also be seen as beneficial from the tenant’s point of view. Think of it like a “baby on board” decal on your car. Emergency personnel can easily determine whether or not they need to check your home for furry family members. With a permit number for each pet, you can be sure everyone is accounted for in a quick and efficient manner.
To be fair, it will take more than a simple decal to ensure your rental home is truly pet-friendly. Each resident should hold themselves accountable and minimize the risk and damage their pets may create. As you do your part, we strongly recommend including a detailed pet agreement in your lease documents. While pet registration can conveniently be a basic factor of your lease agreement, you will want to ensure that you have provided what types and sizes of pets are permitted and that you have documentation that the animals are properly licensed and vaccinated. Not able to make it may bare yourself and others to unnecessary risk and injury.
Whether you’re new to real estate investing or you’re simply looking for a better option in property management, why not give Real Property Management Viking a phone call? We can easily incorporate pet agreements and registration into your leasing process to make sure that your occupants grasp what it takes to be responsible pet owners and tenants. To speak with an expert Hennepin County property manager, contact us today!
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