Many surveys show that over 65% of renters in the US are pet owners, and it not surprising to find many tenants give preference to properties that have pet friendly policies. Almost none of these renters would be likely to give up their pets to live in a particular property just because there are impressive features, an awesome fitness center, and the area is pleasant to live in but there is not any permission to keep pets.
Therefore, property management has to consider improving pet policies, if they want a larger share of this growing segment. Here are certain points that can help property manager or property owner frame better policies for pets.
Pet Screening and Waiving Deposits on Certain Pets
Property management can provide discounts or waive the pet deposit altogether, when the tenant is able to provide proof that their pet has undergone obedience schooling or some sort of professional training. Waiving the initial costs is a major incentive for pet owners; however, property management can still enforce strict regulations for damages caused by pets.
Secondly, prospective tenants should be encouraged to bring their pets along for their first interview, since it is much better to form an opinion of the pet when the property manager is able to observe the pet in-person. A pet interview might seem like an outlandish idea, but this approach has been found to be highly effective in spotting problematic pets. Pets such as pit bulls and Rottweiler’s are certainly pets that should require a hard look.
Avoid too many Regulations
Property management can avoid developing a discriminatory reputation towards pets by not having too many regulations. It is usually not necessary to specify the type, weight, and breed of pets, as long there is a list of dangerous pets that are not allowed. Making such a list, will be quite challenging, as many people are going beyond the traditional choices of fish, dogs, and cats. Small pigs, ferrets, rabbits, monkeys, and even snakes are some of the popular pets today.
Before excluding certain pets, it would be best to consult certain organizations like the Humane Society, and do some extensive research to know about pets that should be realistically excluded. Property management will have to make some clever judgment calls while creating new pet policies, especially when you consider the exotic taste most people are developing for pets.
Being Polite and Clear
Pet owners consider their pets to be part of their family, and hence the property manager has to be extra careful and polite while conveying the pet policy. For instance, the prospect would not want to hear why pets are generally a problem, and that you are levying huge fines and deposits to keep the area clean. Nevertheless, the property manager has to communicate the pet policy in a clear and concise manner, but at the same time sounding well disposed towards pets.
Investing in cans for dog waste is a smart idea, but property management should also implement fines for violating poop disposal norms. It is wrong to assume that all pet owners are responsible and will be picking up after their pets. In fact, some are lazy and will only adhere to common decency because of the fines. Sad to say, that is a strong contingent of human nature but most people are honest and wholesome.