According to data published by Statista, nearly 70% of US households had pets in 2017. The figures also revealed that of these pets, nearly 90 million were dogs, while a good 94 million were cats. Needless to say, pets can be an integral part of the family for many, offering love, support and much more. Having a pet has also been found to offer people a strong sense of security and belongingness.
However, when it comes to renting out your property, many homeowners do not like tenants with furry little creatures in their home. Some of the common reasons for pets not being allowed in rented homes are fears of property damage, added costs and undue heartache.
Many rental property providers allow clients to filter pet-friendly rental properties on their website by selecting the “pets allowed” checkbox. Sometimes, this no pets policy helps homeowners get more tenants, since there are people who actually prefer to live in homes that have not had pets live there earlier.
Here are some of the major reasons why homeowners prefer not to have pets in their rental properties.
1. Pets Cause Property Damage
Most tenants today are interested in renting homes that are fully furnished and have new and spotless furniture, such as couches, wardrobes, beds, washing machine and kitchen appliances. Pets, including cats and dogs, not only leave their fur on upholstery, some of them might scratch the wooden or leather furniture. This affects the appeal of the furnishings, making it dull and worn out. Sometimes, pet rodents eat up the wiring and dig holes in the flooring and the garden. For a homeowner, this can be a major loss, since they might have a hard time attracting a new tenant with these less appealing furnishings.
2. Pets Make Noise
Dogs bark, catsmeow and purr, mice squeak. It is pretty normal. This is how animals communicate. However, incessant barking in the middle of the night can be very annoying for the neighbors. That’s not all. A dogs barking encourages other dogs in the vicinity to start barking as well, which could quite easily rise to a loud cacophony. This only increases complaints from the neighbors, creating a negative image about the home and its tenants.
3. Risk of Health Issues
Of course, a pet can be a great companion. The “puppy dog eyes” prompt a 300% increase in oxytocin levels among their owners, according to Medical News Daily. However, pets also have the potential to spread infection, which can lead to human illness. Most such diseases are caused by exposure of food, meat and water to pets, such that they get contaminated. Sometimes, aggressive animals can bite or harm others. Many landlords prefer to avoid any such eventuality on their property.
4. Pets Can Create a Mess
Let’s get real, an energetic pet can be a real handful. What is worse is one that is not properly house trained. Even after cleaning the mess, the furniture and the flooring can still have some stains left on them. What’s worse is not just the smell of cat’s urine or a dog’s poop, but the germs that all this can breed. The problem arises when these pets leave faeces in the streets, in front of the garage, which some not-so-responsible pet owners don’t care to clean. This affects the hygiene of the entire neighborhood.
Having pets is not easy, especially when it minimizes your chances of getting rental properties. Thankfully, there are still a large number of homeowners in the US who are very open to having pets on their property. All you have to do is search for “pet friendly rentals” when searching for a new rental home. And for landlords, make sure to put in your preference regarding pets while listing your property for rent.