Today I am discussing whether to allow pets at rental properties.
Although landlords may feel apprehensive, there are some benefits in allowing pets at your investment property.
Most Australian households have pets, with approximately 62% of people owning an animal. So, allowing your rental property to have pets may attract a longer-term tenant or family, which is what landlords desire, as it provides stable rental income.
In addition, allowing pets may enable landlords to aim for a higher return of rent and can assist with renting the property a lot quicker with a larger number of tenant applications to choose from.
At Century 21 Central West we require tenants to complete a Pet Application Form at the beginning of the tenancy, so we can find out what type of pets they have, and the age of the pet, which helps us to ascertain if the property they are applying for will accommodate that type of pet.
During inspections, we will monitor the pets’ living conditions and report back to you, so any issues can be addressed to ensure the property is being looked after.
When a tenant with pets vacates the property, we can enforce a pest spray in the yard and carpet cleaning inside the home.
There are benefits to letting tenants have pets at rental properties, and we recommend assessing this on a case by case basis. For more information on this topic please get in touch with the Century 21 Central West team today.